Shadows of La Paz
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Rowena R. Conrad
Shadows of La Paz
A short introduction
It is 4:30 on a Saturday morning at Barrio Santa Inez, in the town of La
Paz, Zambales. Gabriel Alvarez is roused from sleep by a farmer who has
come to report that four thieves are making off with the coffin of a recently
buried, rich Chinese businessman. Compelled to pursue the perpetrators
but with no police in sight, Alvarez enlists the help of a gun-toting cousin.
While the two men scour the cemetery for clues, they stumble upon
a body crammed in a sack. After it is identified, Philippine Constabulary
investigators descend on the province, focusing on Gabriel's relations and
his past dalliance with a mysterious woman. Desperate and on the run,
he gets help from a powerful politician with a great debt of gratitude to
pay...but one who has much to lose.
As the story unfolds and secrets come to light, Barrio Captain Alvarez
realizes that the past has come to revisit him, and that he has become a
pawn in one man's grand ambition. His only hope of salvation lies in a
faith healer whose unusual methods border the bizarre.
From the beaches of Zambales to the Hundred Islands of Lingayen;
from the seedy strips of Subic to the slopes of a dormant volcano, Alvarez
races for his life, his pursuers never far behind.
Meanwhile, in their midst lives a woman trapped in a nightmare whose
dark tortured mind has a story to tell.
Love, heroism and diseased souls - La Paz has it all.
Rowena R. Conrad was born and and raised in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines. A mother of three grown children, she and her husband live in Rhineland Pfalz, Germany. She is the author of Heteras Book 1: The Lake. Shadows of La Paz is her second book.
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