Hailey's War by Jodi Compton

By Jodi Compton

Hailey Cain has a background of checking out the boundaries of her destiny: as a fearless motorcycle messenger at the twisted, aggressive streets of San Francisco; as a tender lady cadet in a sea of guys at West aspect. yet Hailey additionally has secrets--the largest of which led her to go away the academy simply months wanting commencement, months clear of changing into a lieutenant within the U.S. military. Now, scraping and combating her manner via existence, Hailey unearths concentration in basic terms whilst she's in movement. whilst an outdated pal from her former existence in l. a. calls in a desire, Hailey does not need to imagine too lengthy sooner than she accepts the venture. she's going to escort a tender Mexican lady around the border to a distant mountain city in Sierra Madre. yet what occurs there'll modify Hailey's lifestyles irrevocably. From the dustiest Mexican roads to the meanest streets of East L.A., Hailey reveals herself ensnared in a battle extra deviant and unpleasant than any she expert for as a cadet. Deep within the gang underworld, pusued by means of mobsters and experts alike, Hailey needs to use her instincts to stick alive--and to guard the blameless from a prior that also haunts her. Awash in sharp gangland info and unrelenting in its velocity, Hailey's warfare introduces essentially the most memorable heroines in contemporary crime fiction. Hailey Cain is complex, tricky, and unnerving--and her trip into the depths of melancholy and desperation is as harrowing because it is most unlikely to place down.

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Usually, it’s clear that the listener wants there to be more: some throat-clearing rhetoric about how I understand the social tensions that led to et cetera cetera cetera, or maybe that the girl and I had become friends later in high school. When I don’t say anything like that, sometimes people look uncomfortable, like I’ve said something racist, though they can’t identify exactly what it is. The truth is that the girl and I didn’t become friends, but by a year later, if either of us thought about the incident at all, we remembered it as just girls fighting over a boy.

Yeah,” she said, laughing. ” I bought my pho; she bought hers, and we moved off to the side to talk. She remembered that I used to hang out with “that Southern boy,” and that I’d been studying Latin. I asked her where her family had gone after eighth grade. A. looking for industrial work for her mother and aunt. ” I’d felt my mouth drop open slightly and couldn’t answer right away. First, because she must have heard that secondhand; I knew I hadn’t told her about what had been, back then, an unlikely dream.

But where the Mooneys lived, east of Vandenberg Air Force Base, was mostly rural, and yet more racially and economically diverse than an outsider would have thought. In the halls of my new school quite a few of the white students, and some black, were the children of Air Force personnel or staff at the federal prison. Many others were Latino, the sons and daughters of agricultural workers, some of them undocumented. In this working-class mix moved the well-dressed children of winemaker families, new money that had recently gravitated to what was becoming a hotbed of viticulture.

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