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Deadly Traffic

by Mickey Hoffman

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There are more than two sides to every story, and Mickey Hoffman’s Deadly Traffic invites readers to see a third side of the immigration debate—not jobs and salaries lost to illegal applicants, not the desperately poor taking desperate measures to survive, but instead those who’ve done their best to do right, and had wrong done to them.

Of course, that’s the plight of many citizens too, especially in a flawed inner-city society. Kendra Desola’s brother was a fine young man until the cops misused him. Later she taught the dropouts of Arbor City, California, but when crime invaded her school, cops mistreated her too. Now, walking wayward dogs instead of teaching wayward children, Kendra keeps as far from the authorities as she can. But it’s hard when the dead young woman on TV is a child she used to know.

Readers don’t need to have read School of Lies to enjoy this book. Enough of the background becomes clear through Kendra’s relationships with other characters, and Kendra is a pleasingly natural and well-intentioned investigator, as well as a convincing teacher, lover of animals, and sufferer from Lasik complications.

The story’s told through a range of points of view, with interconnections that grow clearer and sometimes surprise as the tale progresses. Kendra believes, mistakenly or otherwise, that “cops... always want to pin the crime on the first one they see.” Win is building a new life while missing his father, sister, hope and security. Elias threatens evil at every turn. Add a worried mother, rebellious teen, corruption, lawyers and more... All these characters will hide secrets from each other and themselves, and all might learn there are even more sides to trouble than they’d imagined.

Deadly Traffic shines a dim light on the underbelly of big cities, corruption, enticement and wrong intentions. Throughout it all, Kendra remains a woman of good intention with a heart that stays clear, even though her mind is frequently clouded. The twists and turns are enough to keep a reader turning the pages. The character’s strong enough to leave me hoping there’ll be more. And the underlying topic is darkly, sadly real.

Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Feb 17, 2016 |
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A job in the United States is a strong lure for citizens of third world countries, and predatory organizations are eager to assure their entry. Girls are disappearing from Standard High while the local sex trade flourishes. Their absences are barely noticed in the worst school in Arbor City, CA, where turnover and truancy are facts of life. Kendra Desola, the only faculty member likely to care, is on a leave of absence. After a student’s lifeless body turns up in a seedy part of town, an immigrant community leader contacts Kendra. What does she know about the missing students’ activities, their families’ illegal status? Searching for the missing girls, Kendra enters a dark world where passports and flesh are currency, and knowledge can be fatal.

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