Missing White Girl, the second volume of my Border Trilogy, has just been re-released by the horror genre's premier publisher, DarkFuse. The book came out in a beautiful, very limited hardcover edition (long since sold out), and is now also available in a Kindle edition.
Rather than brag about it myself, I'll share a couple of review excerpts (from the original paperback edition--this new edition has been revised and updated, and completely reedited, so it's better than ever):
"Missing White Girl is frequently enthralling. Mariotte hits upon some fascinating topics, including those of immigration and the Border Patrol, Mexican and American patriotism, and the terrible things people will do when they feel maligned and desperate. He throws in just enough grit and gore to appease action junkies, but doesn't use it as an easy selling point to the Saw crowd.
"But his true masterpiece is Buck Shelton. In his hero, he's crafted one of the finest new sleuths in fiction: a very real man who finds solace in the challenges of his job when things get rough at home, who isn't so hardened that a dead family of four can still shake him to the core--and who isn't afraid to make solving a crime a little bit personal. It would be a pleasure to see Buck again."
Missing White Girl is one of the best books I've read this year.
--Bestselling author J. Carson Black
Missing White Girl "offers a gripping supernatural thriller while weaving an insightful commentary about race and class on the U.S./Mexico border."
--Daily Dispatch (Douglas, AZ)
What's it about, you ask?
According to the DarkFuse announcement page:
Young Lulu Lavender has been stolen from her home, her family murdered in the night. With the resources and attention of the sheriff’s department consumed by the high-profile case of a missing white teenager from a wealthy family, it falls to rural sheriff’s lieutenant Buck Shelton and his small staff to investigate.
The Lavender family’s nearest neighbor—Oliver Bowles, a college professor with secrets of his own—becomes Buck’s prime suspect. But Oliver is not what he seems and soon accompanies Buck on an excursion into the literal and figurative darkness of Arizona’s storm-drenched southern border.
She’s almost here…
Buck’s investigation leads him into a world of bizarre powers and ancient struggles with tendrils reaching into the present, of border vigilantes and drug dealers, of the lust for power and glory and the most violent impulses within the human heart. When the missing white girl returns, the only thing certain is that people are going to die…
If you're looking for a fast-paced, gripping supernatural thriller, look no further. Pick up a copy today. And give one for a gift!