Life isn’t easy in El Paso, Texas. Neither is death. Caught between them is crime-scene-tech-in-training Marta Villarreal, trying to work a case that may very well be her last. And she’s having to work it without her assigned homicide escort, who’s also kind of her boyfriend, and would look a lot more innocent if he would just come in and answer some questions about all these dead girls. Have the Juarez murders come north of the border now, or is it a copycat? And, why these women, why now? For as long as Marta can remember, the El Paso sun has baked the ground into a hard shell, so the dead can’t climb out. Not this week, though. This week the dead are all over town. And Marta may be among them.
"What a thrill it is to see the world though Stephen Jones's sensibility. He is unquestionably one of our finest young writers."--Robert Olen Butler
"Stephen Jones writes with a whole new aesthetic and moral sense. He doesn't sound like any of the rest of us, and I love that."--Sherman Alexie
ABOUT GRAHAM JONES
Stephen Graham Jones now has, counting Seven Spanish Angels, eight novels and two collections, and around a hundred and thirty stories published, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Weird Tales, many of which have been selected for year’s best annuals and anthologies. Jones has been an NEA Fellow, a Texas Writer’s League Fellow, won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, and has been a finalist for a Colorado Book Award, a Stoker Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award.