Death of the River Master (Texana Jones, Bk 6)
Death of the River Master - Texana Jones, Bk 6 Author:Allana Martin Allana Martin's sixth color-filled mystery, set in a remote spot on the Mexican-American border, opens with an unexpected and terrible blow for trading-post owner Texana Jones. Her husband, Clay, a popular veterinarian with patients on both sides of the (almost dry) Rio Grande, has been arrested for the murder of the river master, the offici... more »al in charge of allocating the region's scan water supply under the terms of the bi national agreement. Now Clay is in jail awaiting trial in a Mexican court.
Having lived all her life on the fringe of Mexico, Texana is anything but naive about their harsh legal system - where there is no such thing as bail, habeas corpus, probation, or early release. The fate of the accused is not in the hands of a jury, but the hands of a single judge, a judge who may be fair, or who may have self-interests that will sway the verdict. And, unfortunately, the latter is more likely.
Determined to find incontrovertible evidence of Clay's innocence that even the most venial judge would not dare to overlook, she delves into the river master's background - at no small risk. Whoever is behind all this is determined to hold on to the spoils of the effort. Texana must use all her senses, her ingenuity, and her courage to free her blameless husband from the coils of the Mexican judicial snare and the enemy behind it.
Martin's firm hold on the unusual lives of the people who live - and try to make a living against many odds - in the small area where these stories are set pulls readers into a world they never knew. The strength and reality of Texana Jones's extraordinary common sense and human understanding convince her readers that she's their friend, one whose adventures they share.« less
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.