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Jemez Spring

Rudolfo Anaya

When the governor of New Mexico is found drowned in the Bath House at Jemez Springs, Albuquerque private eye Sonny Baca is called in to investigate. As he soon learns, murder is only the beginning of the evil that Sonny must sort out. Someone has planted a bomb in the Valles Caldera, not far from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and it is set to detonate in just a few hours. Is this the work of terrorists or is Sonny’s old nemesis, Raven, mixed up in the plot?

In a race against the clock Sonny encounters ghosts and sorcerers, beautiful women and environmental activists, and developers and politicians who are quarreling over the state’s most precious resource, its water.


Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is best known for the classic Bless Me, Ultima


Jemez Spring is meant to appeal to readers of conventional mystery novels, but there is nothing conventional about it. . . . It taps into primal and universal fears and longings but plays them out in a uniquely New Mexican setting. And the master tells his tales with words and images so rich and strange that it is almost as if he had invented a language of his own.”


Los Angeles Times

"A tale that will appeal to any reader with an interest in the American Southwest and its culture, both past and present. Not just a mystery, but a tale of supernatural, myth, and cultural history. . . This is a multi-layered mystery with a case of well-drawn characters, a great combination of the old and the new. Enjoy the adventure. I certainly did."


Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

" Jemez Spring again blends the Spanish, Mexican, and Indian cultures that made the three earlier works in the series such good reads. Anaya is at his best when writing about the people of New Mexico, their traditions and their lives and how they clash with the influx of Anglos."


San Antonio Express-News

"In Jemez Spring, Anaya is at his descriptive best. . . Jemez Spring is a good read."


Albuquerque Journal

". . . a who dunnit that you won't want to put down."


Tradición Revista

"Anaya's characters are fully-realized portraits, people we see and know. Sonny Baca couldn't have asked for a better way to end his career, but he'll be sorely missed."


Southwest Bookviews

"...unique and exciting...Readers thirsty for philosophy and the supernatural will devour this book."


Boulder Daily Camera

6 x 9 in. 304 pages