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.
Set in a seaside city splashed in sunshine and laced with poisonous secrets, Black Current is a riveting story about the treacherous secrets we keep and the costly sacrifices we make—all to hold on to the people we love....
“An impressively twisted and unpredictable noir murder mystery…An entertaining and surprisingly authentic page-turning experience.” -Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara P.I. Jaymie Zarlin has built her fledgling agency on finding lost souls and runaways. Still struggling with the death of her troubled brother, who died in police custody, Jaymie is determined to help others find their way home. Homicides, she thinks, are not in her repertoire...
“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.
DRAGON FRUIT, third book in the Jaymie Zarlin Mystery Series, to be Double Released in 2016!! Release dates for DRAGON FRUIT: June 1st in the U.K. & Commonwealth, and August 31 in the U.S.A!
BLOOD ORANGE, first book in the Jaymie Zarlin mystery series, was nominated to receive the coveted Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, 2014!