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Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts.
Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its aftermath—including a very public trial. Her teenage life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she’s drawn into a murder case that threatens to tear apart her hometown of Rio Mirada, the gateway to Napa Valley’s opulence.
Can these two wayward souls find redemption amid the convenient lies and difficult truths that have followed them for so long?
From acclaimed author David Corbett, a stunning and suspenseful novel of a life without loyalties and the borders inside ourselves.
Roque Montalvo is wise beyond his eighteen years. Orphaned at birth, a gifted musician, he’s stuck in a California backwater, helping his Salvadoran aunt care for his damaged brother, an ex-marine badly wounded in Iraq. When immigration agents arrest his uncle, the family has nowhere else to turn. Roque, badgered by his street-hardened cousin, agrees to bring the old man back, relying on the criminal gangs that control the dangerous smuggling routes from El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, to the U.S. border.
But his cousin has told Roque only so much. In reality, he will have to transport not just his uncle but two others: an Arab whose intentions are disturbingly vague and a young beauty promised to a Mexican crime lord. Roque discovers that his journey involves crossing more than one kind of border, and he will be asked time and again to choose between survival and betrayal—of his country, his family, his heart.