- Expected Jan 7, 2020
Perfect for readers who appreciate a novel female protagonist, an "everywoman" confronted with an overwhelming moral dilemma and crushing physical danger
Luz Concepcion returns to Guatemala to murder Martin Benavides, the man who destroyed her family. Benavides, who rose from insurgent fighter to president, controls a major drug network.
Richard Clement became Luz's resettlement officer when she was evacuated to the U.S. He now works for the CIA, which has its own reasons for eliminating Benavides. Richard's team persuades Luz to pursue a job as nanny to Benavides' grandson, Cesar, a lonely child with an absentee playboy father.
The Guatemala contact for her mission is Evan McManus, an expat painter who pursues Luz, hoping to persuade her to model for him—and more. Luz initially spurns his advances, but her first terrifying encounter with Martin Benavides propels her into his arms.
Complicating matters, Luz conceals from all sides her clandestine contact with her surviving cousin, Antonio Torres, a guerrilla leader fighting the government propped up by the Benavides and their drug money.
Spring's gripping debut takes Luz Concepcion, who has been groomed since childhood for a clandestine mission, from the U.S. back to her homeland of Guatemala to kill Martin Benavides, who murdered her father 17 years earlier. Benavides, who was once the country's president, has ties to a massive drug cartel. The carefully constructed plan Luz's charismatic CIA handler, Richard, persuades her to follow initially goes off without a hitch as she succeeds in getting employed as the nanny to Martin's grandson. Then things begin to go horribly wrong. Everyone Luz meets has a different interpretation of the truth, creating a world of ever-shifting allegiances. The well-paced action and complicated plot lead to a fiery showdown, which prompts Luz to muse: "Heroes and villains? They were just men, some of whom had chosen badly. The heroes tried to atone for their mistakes. The villains tried to make others pay." Spring's thriller-writing career is off to a strong start.