Fiction •  Mystery and Southwest

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Martha Egan

Nena Herrera-Casey is the coyota, the youngest, in her large Mexican-American family. Her life in Albuquerque seems placid enough, teaching Spanish part time at UNM and selling crafts from south of the border at the flea market. But she becomes unwittingly entangled in a mysterious "accident," a fiery plane crash that kills a former student. As her life unravels, rogue DEA agents conspire to set her up on bogus drug charges. And her worst nightmare stalks her through the Mexican desert.

Coyota is the consummate Southwestern novel. . . . Egan tells her story with the sure hand of a writer who knows both sides of the peso." - Sara Voorhees, author of The Lumière Affair: A Novel of Cannes

"It is apparent that author Martha Egan, who is an importer herself, is very familiar with Mexico and its culture and the Hispanic culture of the Southwest, of which she writes without sentimentality or clichés. Coyota is highly recommended for its vividness and well-crafted plot." - La Herencia


Martha Egan began to write fiction in response to her experiences as a Latin American folk art dealer attempting to cope with the U.S. Customs service. Her nonfiction books are Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas and Relicarios: Devotional Miniatures from the Americas. Egan owns Pachamama, a folk art gallery in Santa Fe.

Published By Papalote Press

5 x 8 in. 183 pages