Hailey's War by Jodi Compton

By Jodi Compton

Hailey Cain has a historical past of trying out the bounds of her destiny: as a fearless motorcycle messenger at the twisted, aggressive streets of San Francisco; as a tender woman cadet in a sea of fellows at West element. yet Hailey additionally has secrets--the largest of which led her to depart the academy simply months in need of commencement, months clear of turning into a lieutenant within the U.S. military. Now, scraping and scuffling with her means via existence, Hailey reveals concentration merely whilst she's in movement. while an outdated buddy from her former existence in l. a. calls in a desire, Hailey does not need to imagine too lengthy ahead of she accepts the undertaking. she's going to escort a tender Mexican girl around the border to a distant mountain city in Sierra Madre. yet what occurs there'll adjust Hailey's lifestyles irrevocably. From the dustiest Mexican roads to the meanest streets of East L.A., Hailey reveals herself ensnared in a conflict extra deviant and unpleasant than any she expert for as a cadet. Deep within the gang underworld, pusued via mobsters and specialists 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 speed, Hailey's warfare introduces essentially the most memorable heroines in fresh crime fiction. Hailey Cain is complex, tricky, and unnerving--and her trip into the depths of depression and desperation is as harrowing because it is very unlikely to place down.

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She wasn’t familiar to me, but I’ve learned not to argue with people about that. When you’ve got a birthmark on your face, people can recognize you long after they’ve changed beyond identifiability for you. “We played soccer together in junior high,” she said. ” “Holy shit,” I said. ” “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.

So he yielded and helped me move. I wouldn’t realize until later—when I had to leave—how much Los Angeles had gotten under my skin. A. debate. When I’d chosen to go there after leaving West Point, my decision had been fairly arbitrary. I didn’t have roots in Lompoc anymore. Julianne had moved away during my plebe year at West Point, and even the Mooneys, CJ’s parents, had done something quintessentially Californian: They’d sold their real estate at a profit and bought a bigger, cheaper place out of state, in Nevada’s Washoe Valley.

It made her self-conscious except on the soccer field, where she lost her inhibitions, becoming speedy and fluid and exuberant. Then, in eighth grade, something changed. Serena dropped out of ReachUP and grew distant. She began styling her hair in the high, lofty wall of bangs that hadn’t quite gone out of style among Latina girls back then, and I only saw her with other Mexicans in the hallways. ” She’d been looking at the Latin flashcards I was reviewing instead of doing my schoolwork. “It’s Latin,” I’d said.

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