El Glasgow has the habit of speaking her mind and wearing too much blue eye shadow. She’s also a crime reporter nearing retirement, working on her last big story. An undocumented immigrant’s throat has been cut and his tongue pulled down and out through the wound. It’s called a “necktie” and it’s the signature method of murder for the notorious Ciudad Cartel.
El and her pervy sidekick, Tyler, knows what this means: the Ciudad Cartel and Chippewa City’s Five Families are going to war over drug turf and the sheriff wants to shut the story down for all the usual reasons—or so El thinks. Her investigation turns up some of what she expects and a lot of what she doesn’t, including her conscience, integrity and an awakened passion for the story…but at what cost?
A Blooding in the Oil Patch is an eloquent and eclectic psychological thriller, with an eyebrow-raising yet likeable protagonist, a colorful supporting cast and authentic dialogue set in the barren West Texas oil fields.