Books by Steven Torres

Steven Torres is the author of PRECINCT PUERTO RICO: BOOK ONE, DEATH IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO: BOOK TWO and BURNING PRECINCT PUERTO RICO: BOOK THREE (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur), the first novels in a mystery series featuring Luis Gonzalo, th


MISSING IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Though it's often hard to tell where Torres (Burning Precinct Puerto Rico, 2004, etc.) is going, his procedural engages interest with strong prose, convincing detail and local color."
The little police force of Angustias, Puerto Rico, tracks a child pornography ring. Read full book review >
BURNING PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"The rich characters overshadow the shaggy plot. The result should please Torres's fans, but newcomers to the series may find it confusing."
Missing drug money sends thugs on a rampage and small-town police on a dangerous manhunt. Read full book review >
DEATH IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2003

"A solid police procedural with an involving murder puzzle and an ever-deepening portrait of Angustias at its core."
After giving birth to a son, battered Elena Maldonado accepts a ride home from Luis Gonzalo, the sheriff of Angustias, Puerto Rico, but refuses his suggestion that he take her somewhere else, safe from her alcoholic husband Marcos. Elena announces that she's divorcing Marcos; she and Gonzalo even stop briefly at lawyer Maria Garcia's house en route. Gonzalo's wife Mari takes his failure to convince Elena personally; when the new mother is murdered later that day, the devastated Mari takes charge of her nameless child. It seems like an open-and-shut case when Marcos, clearly drunk, tries to avoid arrest by escaping. Elena's drunken father Perfecto, cut from the same cloth as her husband, takes the news just as hard. While hulking deputy Wilfrido Vargas is transferring Marcos, Perfecto attacks his son-in-law with a knife, nearly killing him, before fatally turning the weapon on himself. Meantime, several developments shake Gonzalo's certainty in Marcos's guilt. Neighbors report that Elena had a boyfriend. Marcos recently inherited property valued at several million dollars. And while retired deputy Emilio Callazo is keeping watch inside the Maldonado home, he interrupts an intruder and gets a beating. Gonzalo's other deputies, loose cannon Hector Paredo, vain Guillermo Estrada, and super-serious Iris Calderon, have less to do than in their debut (Precinct Puerto Rico: Book One, 2000), but add texture by their handling of lesser local crimes and their assistance on the Maldonado murder. Read full book review >
PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2002

"A top-notch police procedural whose engrossing details create an authentic feel. Terse, deadpan prose, believable characters, and an offbeat setting add up to a promising series kickoff."
After 15 years of routine police work and relative ease, veteran sheriff Luis Gonzalo gets hit from all sides, and all at once. Now that it's 1987, Puerto Rico's urban criminals have finally discovered Angustias, his sleepy little seaside town. The crime wave comes closest to home when Gonzalo's elderly father-in-law faces off against three young Dominican druggies who break into his house. Though he lands a few good whacks with his machete, the feisty 90-year-old ends up in the hospital. Ramirez, the town's slick, ambitious mayor, grants a request for three additional deputies, doubling the Angustias police force. Veteran deputy Emilio Collazo teams with stoic Nuyorican trainee Rosa Almodovar. Newcomer Iris Calderon, a beautiful computer whiz, is combustibly paired with loose cannon Hector Paredo. Gonzalo himself takes Abel Fernandez, a streetwise transfer from San Juan, under his wing. As it turns out, Gonzalo's eclectic new force, which provides increased opportunities and fresh challenges, comes not a moment too soon. When a boatload of dead Santo Domingans headed for illegal entry to the US washes up on the town's beachfront, some of the bodies bear signs of violence. The investigative trail leads to corrupt, ruthless cops and hard choices for Gonzalo—choices of the sort he never expected to face in sleepy little Angustias. Read full book review >