Gloria Mendes is 36, single and obsessed with her boss, Carl. For him, she is the 'world's best secretary'. For her, he is her future husband and the man she thinks about every waking hour. So when Carl disappears and is later found murdered while on a mysterious trip to a small town in Mexico, Gloria's world falls apart.
Distraught and restless, she travels to Mexico in an attempt to make some sense of his death. But what she discovers about the man she was in love with shocks her to the core. Nothing about him was as it seemed - from his business interests, to his family background, to his very identity. And the more she discovers about Carl, the closer Gloria comes to the dark forces which claimed her boss's life - and now threaten her own . . .
A page-turning, highly accomplished thriller, SUNSTROKE marks the emergence of one of the most distinctive new voices in the genre.
Kellerman is the son of well-known novelists Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, and if his debut is any indication, talent breeds true. Gloria Mendez a 36-year-old secretary at a Los Angeles novelty item import business is in love with her boss, Carl Perreira, though he has never reciprocated her romantic interest. Carl has gone on his annual vacation, and after leaving a garbled phone message on Gloria's answering machine, he disappears into Mexico's backcountry. Facing apathy from the police in Mexico and the U.S. even after Carl is reported dead in a fiery car crash Gloria heads south to retrieve his body. She soon finds herself enmeshed in a dangerous adventure hinging on the mystery of Carl's death (if he is indeed really dead), his real identity and the truthfulness of the young man who introduces himself as Carlos Perreira, Carl's son abandoned many years earlier. Gloria is dogged, resourceful and intelligent, but despite some sex and gunplay late in the game, the adventure is a bit too cool and cerebral to be a thriller and too literary to be a genre mystery. Many readers will enjoy the intrepid Gloria and her puzzle, but most will hope for a little more heat from this promising writer's next outing.