Let's get right to the big news: today is the release day for the WordFire Press edition of supernatural thriller MISSING WHITE GIRL!
Here's what's on the back cover:
"Terror in the borderlands…
"Lulu Lavender’s mixed-race family has been slaughtered, and she has been taken. But with the high-profile case of a missing white teenager from a wealthy family occupying the attention of law enforcement and the media, it’s left to sheriff’s lieutenant Buck Shelton and his small, rural office to find Lulu, if he can.
"To Buck’s growing horror, his quest leads him into a world he never knew existed, where the tendrils of an ancient evil reach right into the torn-from-the-headlines present. On the US/Mexico border, supernatural forces using vigilantes, drug dealers, and innocents as pawns clash in a bloody showdown—and not everyone will survive…"
Here's what's on the front cover:
Here's what the Tucson Weekly had to say: "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."
The Douglas AZ Daily Dispatch said MISSING WHITE GIRL "offers a gripping supernatural thriller while weaving an insightful commentary about race and class on the U.S./Mexico border."
Bestselling thriller writer J. Carson Black said: "Jeff Mariotte's atmospheric supernatural thriller has stayed with me longer than I could have imagined. Perhaps it is because he captures a world I know intimately, the high desert along the border between the United States and Mexico. MISSING WHITE GIRL captures the mood and tenor of a place that has been at the forefront of the national news, and explores the harder truths that that can't be described in a sound bite. A family of mixed race is viciously murdered in their home. Their daughter Lulu is kidnapped. But Lieutenant Buck Shelton is hard pressed to find criminalists able to process the scene of this horrific mass murder and kidnapping, because all the county's resources have gone into searching for a missing white girl. The national news focuses solely on the pretty blonde from a wealthy, prominent family, her disappearance an excuse for another media circus. Meanwhile, Lulu, half black and half Hispanic, must fight for her life. There are many dynamics to the story, all of them informed by the deepening fissure on our border: a good man loses his job and is talked into joining a group of border vigilantes; a college professor's past life is revealed and nearly destroys him; Lulu is a hostage to people who want something from her that she cannot give. And there is the other white girl, a mysterious icon from another century, slowly making her way to the border crossing. Some desperately want her to get there, and others must stop her at any cost. All of these subplots are woven together seamlessly in a book that has a deep meaning for me personally. MISSING WHITE GIRL is one of the best books I've read this year."
MISSING WHITE GIRL is available now in paperback and ebook, and the hardcover will be along shortly. Although the book has been previously published, this edition has been substantially revised and updated. Even if you've read it, you haven't read it like this!
In other news, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I are heading to Tucson for the Western Writers of America's annual convention. On Thursday I'm on a panel on comic books with bestselling author and genuinely awesome guy David Morrell, creator of Rambo, among others. On Friday I'll be at the Spur Awards Finalist's Luncheon, where my novelette "Byrd's Luck" is being honored as a finalist. The novelette was also nominated for a Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. It didn't win that either, but I'm thrilled with the dual nominations! If you have Kindle, you can download the sample from the Amazon page for the anthology THE UNTAMED WEST and read the entire novelette for free. If you like it, you can buy the book and get dozens of other terrific Western stories. If you don't like it--well, most of the stories aren't much like "Byrd's Luck," so you should buy it anyway!