As Neil settles into her new house in Albuquerque’s North Valley, she
befriends thirteen-year-old Cheyanne Morales, who lives in a nearby
trailer with her mother and her younger half brother. Cheyanne’s teenage
angst is complicated by the pressures that gang culture imposes on her
and her peers. Neil gets a harrowing glimpse of these pressures when a
fifteen-year-old is shot to death not far from Neil’s new home. The cops
suspect a rival gang member, but late one night, a battered Cheyanne
shows up at Neil’s front door to confess that she was the shooter.
The authorities are reluctant to
accept Cheyanne’s story—as a minor she’d get only a slap on the
wrist—and Neil is dubious too, but she agrees to represent her young
friend. With Cheyanne in custody, Neil uncovers chilling evidence that
the girl’s family and friends intend to take justice into their own
hands. Only Neil and her lover, the Kid, can prevent another tragedy
from playing out along the ditches of her new neighborhood.
With its intricate, timely plot, deft characterizations, and artful evocations of place, Ditch Rider confirms Judith Van Gieson’s reputation as one of the foremost writers of Southwestern suspense.
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