Jaymie Zarlin searches for a lost cargo more precious than drugs, diamonds, or gold ...
A panga boat lands on a Santa Barbara beach in the night. Drugs are swiftly offloaded - but drugs are not all this boat carried. When Chucha Robledo arrives to collect her baby girl, she finds the boat empty - save for a tiny silver medallion. Desperate and fearing the worst, she goes to the only person in town she can trust to find her little girl.
"Keskinen excels at conveying a sense of place, and she builds a strong cast of supporting characters" -Publishers Weekly
"This compelling story deals directly and effectively with important issues. The Santa Barbara setting and the determined, uncompromising sleuth make Dragon Fruit a perfect fit for Sue Grafton fans, but also for those who enjoy Marcia Muller and Sara Paretsky" -Booklist
“A page-turning mystery of the west, set in a seaside paradise that really isn’t one. Her smart, tough protagonist specializes in tracking down the missing, but finds instead a town’s ugly and tangled secrets.” — Hector Tobar, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times and author of The Barbarian Nurseries
“In the overcrowded world of private eye fiction, BLOOD ORANGE hits the reader like a fresh breeze off the Pacific Ocean – make way for Jaymie Zarlin, patron saint of lost children, lost dogs and lost causes!” -Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of A&E’s hit series, Longmire
Karen Keskinen was born and raised in Salinas, California. She has also lived in the San Joaquin Valley and in Wellington, New Zealand. She now resides in Santa Barbara, where she is a full-time writer.