You may remember when Des Zamorano was the first Guest Author here on Living Vicuriously, back in 2011 when it was Pasadena Daily Photo. Desiree Zamorano is a Pushcart-nominated writer. Her previous novel, Human Cargo, was Latinidad's Mystery Pick of the Year. The Amado Women (Cinco Puntos Press) will be released May 2014. Please welcome Des Zamorano:
As a writer, I wonder lots of things. Who or what is behind those kids who traipse door to door with overpriced candy? How do people get caught up in Ponzi schemes? As I drive around the San Gabriel Valley, I ponder what is going on in the homes of the affluent as well as the humble. I day dream awake.
Ever see "The Bad Seed"? I think about what that little girl would have been like when she hit puberty. In Modern Cons you'll meet Claire, who answers that question for me.
I think about the children of con artists, and when Bernie Madoff’s son killed himself, it struck me just how very hard it could be.
Modern Cons is a novel of psychological suspense, featuring Jackie Paz, a young woman trying to break out on her own, and break free from the venomous grip of her incarcerated con-artist mother. Despite her background Jackie grew up straight, honest and is tentatively getting her world in order, working as a transporter of troubled teens. It’s after a tragic death that her job collapses and Jackie’s mother decides it’s time for a family reunion.
Modern Cons (Lucky Bat Books) is available at Amazon and for all ebook platforms at Smashwords. According to Dianne Emley, LA Times best-selling author [and long-time friend of this blog], "Family inflicts the deepest cuts in this compelling psychological thriller."