James Gilbert

Zona Romantica: (Softcover: $20, 176pp, 6X9”: ISBN: 978-1-68114-520-4; Hardcover: $35: ISBN: 978-1-68114-521-1; Ebook: $2.99: ISBN: 978-1-68114-522-8; LCCN: 2019918718; Edited by Anna J. Chavez; Release: May 19, 2020; Fiction—Mystery & Detective—Hard-Boiled): When Amanda Pennyworth began her assignment as American Consul in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she had no inkling she would be called upon to solve the mysterious disappearance of a famous expat writer.  However, when he vanishes—the victim of a kidnapping—Amanda is drawn into the desperate search to save his life.  Negotiating the competing layers of Mexican police: the Federales, the local constabulary, and the tourist police, she is pulled deeper into what she realizes too late is a cunning and deadly plot. 

“The layers of politics surrounding the Mexican Federales and local authorities immerses Amanda in layers of subterfuge and corruption that raise more problems than they solve about not just one man’s life, but a plot that thickens… Winds through all kinds of connections and clues as it crafts a satisfying, engaging mystery designed to keep readers moving through Mexico with Amanda, discovering clues embedded in cultural revelations and special challenges… The dash of romance added to the intrigue and historical references keeps ‘Zona Romantica’ a thoroughly inviting read, juxtaposing personal and political observations right up to an unexpected conclusion.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

James Gilbert is a historian, educator, world traveler and novelist.  While at the University of Maryland, he published ten books about Twentieth Century America, one of them a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  He has lived and taught abroad in Paris and then with Fulbright Fellowships at universities in Sydney, Australia, Uppsala, Sweden (where he received an honorary Doctorate of Letters), Amsterdam, and Tubingen and Erfurt in Germany.  He was also a resident at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.  Since turning to fiction writing, he has published a book of short stories and a novel entitled, The Key Party.  He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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