Desert Jade by C.J. Shane

Book 1 in the Letty Valdez Mysteries series

Desert Jade was named a finalist for Best Suspense-Thriller book, 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Tucson Chicana/Native American private investigator and Iraq War veteran Letty Valdez joins forces with an unlikely ally, Chinese police Detective Inspector Zhou Liang Wei, in Desert Jade, a fast-paced mystery-suspense thriller set in the Sonoran Desert. We meet a migrant lost and out of water in the desert, Chinese triad gangsters engaged in criminal activities on the U.S.-Mexico border, a woman murdered in her backyard, a husband who vanished with a large sum of money, and three abducted young women threatened with sex trafficking.

There's a touch of romance, too, when cop Zhou meets one of Letty's friends. Don't forget Milagro (aka Millie), the runt-sized female pit bull who performs a heroic act and saves a life.

This book was very well written and a cast of characters that are believable and you remember them long after you close the book. The story has enough suspense to keep you turning pages as fast as you can. Highly recommend this book for a great reading experience.~Goodreads Reviewer