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The Empanada Affair
by jerry last  Elaine Last 

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Publisher:  Amazon-Kindle ISBN-10:  B005BFCVYW Type: 

Copyright:  July 6, 2011

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This mystery novel is set mainly in Northwest Argentina. There’s plenty of action, our Los Angeles-based PI and his client find themselves strongly attracted to one another, and the setting is pretty far off the beaten path for American tourists.

This new mystery novel features Private Detective Roger Bowman, and the action takes place in Los Angeles and in Northwest Argentina.  Bowman is hired to solve the murder of Robert Foster by Foster’s beautiful daughter Suzanne.  The murder occurred a month previously in Salta, Argentina, and the local police seem to have given up on this case.  Bowman and Suzanne, who is being followed by a mysterious man, travel to Salta to make their own investigation.  The big questions they try to ask are whodunit and why was Robert Foster killed?  There’s plenty of action, our PI and his client find themselves strongly attracted to one another, and the setting is pretty far off the beaten path for American tourists. 

            The settings and locales are authentic; the authors lived previously in Salta for several months.  The cover art is an original painting by a friend from Salta, who graciously allowed us to use it for this book cover.  It depicts the typical colorful rock formations in the Andes Mountains near a small indigenous village north of Salta that Suzanne and Roger visit during their eventful week in Northwest Argentina.  The book’s title comes from a local food served ubiquitously as an appetizer in the region, and from the name of a famous restaurant in Salta where our detectives find a key clue.  This is a first novel for both of the authors, who are a married couple living in Northern California.  Hopefully, it will be the first book in a series.

It was a sunny day in November, one of those days the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce tries to convince the tourists is typical of our weather all year round. I was sitting at my desk waiting for a client to walk in and hire me. I had been sitting at the same desk for a day or two, and was getting bored with nothing much to do. It had been a good year for me and I had been working hard until the end of last week. That meant I was sitting on a nice bank balance and could afford to be without a client or a job for a while longer. On the other hand, I didn’t particularly enjoy doing nothing and thought about taking the rest of the afternoon off and making a quick trip to work out at the new Gracie Jiu Jitsu gym I had seen written up in the local news section of the L.A. Times. A moment later the decision was taken out of my hands.

There was an assertive rap on the door, which opened and she walked in. About 5’8”, on the good side of 30 years old, lean athletic body, Scandanavian looking face, long blond hair, and an aura of success and good breeding. Wearing $300 jeans and Bruno Magli heels, her look was casual but at the same time Los Angeles sophisticated. Maybe it was pheromones, maybe it was just how beautiful she was, but somewhere deep in my mind a little voice was shouting..............

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