If you like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, you will LOVE Linda Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle, a former cop turned P.I./part-time cab driver.
"Coyote" has wonderful characters, a terrific story and some great twists. Highly recommended.
Next in series; Missing green cards, missing hands, missing immigrants....and missing Paolina! Carlotta is plunged into the desperate world of illegal aliens, cold hearted immigration agents and deadly "Coyotes" who lead even innocent young girls . . .
Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle is "plunged deep inside the desperate world of illegal aliens, the cold-hearted immigration agents who hunt them down, and the deadly "coyotes" who lead even innocent young girls to the slaughter." A great read.
Mutilated body in Boston Fens
A look at the other side of the illegal alien story, wrapped in a pretty good mystery
#3 Carlotta Carlyle mystery featuring the PI and sometime-cabbie in Boston, MA. A young Spanish-speaking woman, possibly an illegal from some Central American country, comes to Carlotta as a walk-in client. She has with her one of Carlotta's business cards and a newspaper, pointing to an article about a dead woman named Manuela Estefan. The woman claims in halting Spanish that the dead person isn't Manuela Estefan--SHE is, and the woman had her green card. She wants Carlotta to get it back without involving the police, and she seems decidedly afraid. When Carlotta leaves the room briefly, the woman disappears, leaving behind an envelope with five crisp hundred-dollar bills behind, but no way to contact her. She turns up dead a couple of days later, much the same way the original woman was killed--with her hands cut off! Tackling a big social issue of essentially slavery of illegals for cheap labor, this book tells the story of how a "coyote" operates, helping get people to the country and then basically using them for whatever they want to.
Meanwhile, Carlotta's "little sister" Paolina--her sister from the Big Sisters program--has returned from Columbia with her mother, where she's been visiting for several weeks. Paolina, now almost eleven, seems changed--she's started back-talking, skipping school, and where the relatively happy and enthusiastic girl had been is a dejected, sullen one and she won't talk to Carlotta about it or explain why. Paolina's behavior and the murder investigation ultimately end up tied together.
I didn't figure out the bad guy in this one til very near the end, and I've enjoyed getting to know Carlotta a little better with each book in the series. This was the first one I'd read in print (I listened to the others in audio) and liked the smooth, easy-reading style just as much as I enjoyed listening to the others.
I continue to love Linda Barnes' book with Carlotta Carlyle. In this book, she is approached by a woman who wants her to find her missing immigration card which shows up with a dead woman. There are lots of complications involving immigration, Paolina (her little sister from the Big Sisters program), and some interesting law enforcement officers.
Carolotta Carlyle is 6 ft tall, redheaded, part-time cabdriver Boston Private eye. A mysterious woman pays a visit to her office saying she needs help finding her missing immigration card, then she disappears and another woman is found dead, carrying her card. Worst of all, this woman may be connected with Carlotta's "little sister" Paolina.
When a nysterious woman asks Carlotta to help locate her missing immigration card it looks to be a pretty straightforward assignment. That is, until the lasy disappears, and the card turns up in the possession of another woman, who just happens to be dead.