Vancouver lawyer Matt Wayne catches the story of a murdered Japanese tourist on the evening news and instantly knows one thing: he will hunt down the woman he hates in Todos Santos, high in the mountains of Guatemala.
Pira and her mother, Alma, keep quiet about their past, much as their Mayan neighbors, still in shock after four decades of La Violencia, now maintain El Silencio over an unspeakable history. But two aspiring journalists tell the sensational story their way, proving once again that lies uncover truth better than truth uncovers lies.
No one but the shaman Natalya, dreaming of the vengeful, mythic Anton Kristo, can foresee the resulting wave of new violence about to engulf Todos Santos. Pira is plunged into a fight for her life and Alma again faces a mother’s sacrifice: to give up everything for a child.
Katje’s character development is fantastic. Just when you think you know one of the characters…some new piece of information is released that changes what you thought you knew.
Kat (right) and Wolff (left)
The Kat and Wolff Pack is a team of a mother who writes fiction that will make your head spin, a daughter who explores gender and other constructs in zir fantasy worlds, and a dog who solves mysteries. We are Katje van Loon, Kaimana Wolff, and Tyee the Wundermutt. We live in the forests of BC, where we spend our days writing, reading, and paying heed to the goddess of wolves, Lady of the True Woods, Silva.