"The Ecuadorian Andes is one of the few places on earth where you can get a sunburn and freeze to death at the same time."
When New York City PI Filomena Buscarsela takes her teenaged daughter, Antonia, to see their extended family in Ecuador, it's more than a homecoming. Filomena hasn't been back in years, and the trip brings back memories of her previous life as a revolutionary.
Before she's even had time to adjust to her new surroundings, a priest is murdered, a man who, years ago, saved her life and helped her escape to the United States. She owed him her life; now it's time for the debt to be repaid, and she vows to find his killer. It's an election year, and the dirty hands of politics seem to be everywhere, perhaps even in this senseless death. Filomena's investigation promises to lead her back to the very people she escaped, all those years ago.
As the country is wracked by natural and man-made disasters-landslides, floods, food shortages, protests, crackdowns-Filomena becomes a fugitive from the law, racing across the country toward a climactic confrontation in the Amazon jungle. Wishnia provides a novel rich with the sights, sounds-and dangers-of Ecuador, and a compelling look at the provenance of one of mystery fiction's most dynamic heroines.