For trading post owner Texana Jones, the Texas-Mexico border is home, a world apart ruled by the heat of the desert and the politics of two countries. But now, it's a personal nightmare of injustice and dread.
Her veterinarian husband, Clay, has been accused of murder. The victim, a controversial bureaucrat known as the river master, was the man in charge of the region's scant water supply. Grimly aware of Mexico's corrupt legal system, Texana knows that despite her proof that Clay was nowhere near the murder scene, she must find out who wants to frame him-and why. When another man is found dead, she thinks she knows. But in a land plagued by violence and dirty money, the truth is a poor man's losing game. And the only one Texana is willing to play.
Texana's husband Clay has been arrested in Mexico for the murder of a locally important member of the water council, a man who had raised a lot of hackles for always doing the right thing - whether it was the moral thing to do or not.
Clay was nowhere near the murder and the witness against him clearly bribed. But this is Mexico, and the chances of justice prevailing over bribe money is low.
I loved the setting, Texana and the supporting characters are all well drawn. The mystery is excellent.
But why the heck didn't she call the US Embassy? Isn't that what you do when an American citizen is arrested in a foreign country? It bothered me through the entire book. Their influence is somewhat limited so Martin wouldn't even have had to alter the story much at all.
So 3 stars only just because this was in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading.