Victim or perpetrator? That's what New Mexico's favorite public relations maven, Sasha Solomon, can't figure out about her favorite niece. The daughter of Sasha's overbearing sister, Gabi is a grad student at Socorro's New Mexico Tech, where she's studying explosives technology. In town to help boost area tourism, Sasha looks forward to spending time with the young woman. But the PR pro never imagined it would be in the hospital, where Gabi lands after someone rigs her mailbox with a nasty surprise.Jewish with an Iranian surname, Gabi could be the victim of a hate crime. But as details emerge about her work and personal relationships, she begins to appear less as a victim than as a threat. Meanwhile, Sasha learns that the family of her client, town patriarch Papi Sanchez, is riddled with secrets and scandal.At once a topically flavored whodunit and a realistic portrayal of the way families join together - or don't - in a crisis, ""The Socorro Blast"" is a blend of mystery and domestic drama, with the flawed but always engaging Sasha Solomon on center stage.
Pari Noskin Taichert, of Albuquerque, has been nominated twice for the coveted Agatha Award for The Clovis Incident and The Belen Hitch, both UNM Press publications. Taichert's fans are invited to visit her website, parinoskintaichert.com