~ A Nikki Garcia Thriller ~
by Kathryn Lane
Nikki Garcia is an unlikely Sam Spade: a former international auditor turned private investigator
who lands an assignment in Mexico to find a missing ten-year-old girl, Bibi Lombardi. The child's
estranged parents have been fighting over custody of her and one of them could be responsible for
Will he locate her before it's too late?
It's an easy child-snatching case—right?
Nikki thinks so until a marijuana-smoking bag lady provides eye-witness information on the girl's
abduction. Following the lead, Nikki pursues a group of dangerous criminals through designated UNESCO
locations, archaeological sites, picturesque colonial towns, and barren deserts.
But when Bibi's mother Sofía receives a ransom request, Nikki is already undercover with a gang of
"Coyotes." Nikki's boss and fellow private eye, Floyd Webber, thinks she is on the wrong trail. Floyd
is certain someone purposely gave her misleading information on the abduction to prevent her from
recovering the child. Or is the kidnapper headed north to the U.S. border where Bibi's fate could be
much worse than her current situation?
Eduardo Duarte, who is enthralled with Nikki, fears the forces of evil will prevail if she continues
in the search, so he starts a search of his own to find her.
And what will become of little Bibi?
Praise for Coyote Zone:
"Coyote Zone is the thrilling new installment in the Nikki Garcia series by Kathryn Lane. Once again,
Lane takes her readers to exotic locales with glutinous helpings of adventure and intrigue. The heroine,
Nikki Garcia is drawn back into threatening circumstances when her client's daughter, kidnapped from
the local food court by a Mexican coyote, sends her into undercover work that threatens her life and those
of the young victims she needs to rescue.
"The setting, as with all of Ms. Lane's thrillers,
is a big part of the story. San Miguel Allende is the historical town in Mexico where the drama begins. As
the story unfolded, it was entertaining to recognize how many similar characteristics Ms. Garcia has with
internationally renowned author Isabel Allende; whose last name is attached to the town where this story
originates by way of her infamous uncle.
"Ms. Lane is a master at pacing the 'thrill'. She
sets the emotional hook the moment the little girl is abducted. The pace intensifies to such heart-stopping
degree that it is almost hard to read more—yet, it is impossible to put down. Following the strange turns of
events that seem to overshadow every step forward with head shaking steps back, it seems the drama has run
its course, as the young kidnap victim has been returned to her mother. However, by the number of pages
left to read, it&'s obvious that there's a quarter of the story yet untold. It's a rare drama that can
successfully take a reader on a roller-coaster ride to a climax, only to realize that it's premature and
still lead to an exciting and satisfying end. But when Nikki goes undercover to be taken by the coyote and
his small band of kidnappers and killers the adventure begins again.
"The first book in this series, Waking Up in Medellin, won the 2017 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion
Book of the Year Award. Coyote Zone is the perfect sequel. It is a well-written and suspenseful tale
that all thrill-seeking readers of adventures will enjoy. We look forward to more Nikki Garcia adventures
in the future."
~ Robert Selby is a screenplay writer, book reviewer, and volunteer at Killer Nashville
Read the full review at Killer Nashville, November 3rd Book of the Day
"A routine visit to an open-air market turns into a mother's worst nightmare. Kathryn Lane's
riveting Coyote Zone keeps the reader spellbound as Nikki Garcia enters the shadowy world
of human trafficking and races against time, corrupt officials and ruthless criminals. You cannot
put this book down. It's a must-read, especially for parents who don't think it can happen with
~ Hipólito Acosta, one of the most highly decorated officers in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service, and author of TheShadow Catcher, The Hunt for Maan Singh, and Deep in the Shadows
"Coyote Zone compels and thrills with trademark Kathryn Lane qualities: page-turning suspense, contemporary
"'ripped-from-the-headlines' conflict, dangerously high stakes, and passionately evoked romance. You will see the
world differently after accompanying these memorable characters to a zone where "'the devil is on the loose.'"
~ Cliff Hudder, Member of the Texas Institute of Letters, and author of Pretty Enough for You and Splinterville
Award-winning author, Kathryn Lane, writes fiction inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced
firsthand during her career as an international finance executive. Her debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin,
released by Pen-L Publishing in 2016, was followed up with the Spanish version, Despertando en Medellí:n.
Coyote Zone is her second novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller series.
Alamo Bay Press will release Backyard Volcano, an anthology of Kathryn's short stories, in March 2017. Her
short fiction contains the fusion between fantasy and reality, often layered with symbolism and punctuated
by hints of surrealism.
The Association of Writing & Writing Programs (AWP) featured Kathryn as a reader on the panel of Arriba
Baseball! in Seattle in February 2014.
For the past three years, Kathryn has served on the panel of judges at Carver High School in Houston, Texas,
for their finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest. Her own poetry has been published in numerous anthologies,
journals and two chapbooks, A Conversation on India and Spirit Rocks.
Kathryn's first novel, Waking Up in Medellin, was named a 2016 Pinnacle Award winner by the National Association of
Book Entrepreneurs (NABE). In 2016 the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance's honored her with a Montie Award for
Pursuit of Excellence. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands recognized her with a second Paul Harris award for her
service to the community. Kathryn also serves on the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council. She resides in
The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, Bob Hurt.
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