Tucson private detective and Army veteran Letty Valdez finds the Iraq War has come home to haunt her in Daemon Waters: A Letty Valdez Mystery. Letty is hired to investigate the murder of an environmentalist, ferret out a cheating husband, and find two missing U.S. Army veterans. She discovers a sinister web of interconnected crimes, including a car bombing and two long-distance sniper assassinations. What about that special veteran, the one with the lop-sided grin that her dog Teddy found up in a tree? Can Letty keep him safe from an assassin’s bullet? Like all Letty Valdez mysteries, Daemon Waters has suspense, intrigue, and a touch of romance in this Mexico-U.S. Borderlands thriller.
Daemon Waters: A Letty Valdez Mystery #3
by C.J. Shane
Passage from chapter 7 of Daemon Waters:
Letty watched Anselm closely. He was quiet now, lost in his own thoughts. He seemed very sincere. He was convinced his friend had been murdered, and he wanted justice. Also he clearly wanted to protect the natural resources of Agua Caliente Park.
“Do you know the word ‘daemon’,” he asked suddenly.
“Doesn’t that have something to do with software? I don’t know exactly.”
“Yes, that meaning refers to a kind of software program. Unix has a bunch of daemons.”
Letty had no idea what Unix might be so she just nodded.
“But I’m referring to an older, lesser-known meaning. Usually people think first of ‘demon’ which is one meaning. But it also refers to a special kind of supernatural being somewhere between human and godlike. I often think of water in the desert as a daemon. We humans run around as if we were in control of things, but we’re not. In fact, if the water dries up in the Sonoran Desert, we’ll all be forced to move somewhere else. I went once to visit the Atacama Desert in South America. It’s between the Andes and the Pacific, and only gets about half an inch of rain a year. There are very few people living there, and they are mostly in fishing villages along the coast.”
Letty’s eyebrows went up. “Half an inch? That’s not much rain!”
Anselm nodded. “You can understand why ancient cultures gave offerings to rain gods asking for enough water, or not too much in other places. That’s why it’s easy to think of water as a daemon. Water literally means life. My friend Edward knew this.”
“I spent my early childhood on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. It’s drier out there than the Tucson area. I learned early to respect water.”
“So do you think you can take this on?”
"Daemon Waters" is by far my favourite book in the Letty Valdez Mysteries series. There's a wonderfully tangled set of mysteries that get solved thread by thread; the characters bloom; the writing is so much more confident.
There are a lot of chuckles in this one... a couple of gasps... and near the end, I was laughing out loud with a tear or two trickling down my face.
I truly loved this one. ~~ Dawn, Goodreads review
Another great read in this series and you see Letty dealing with varied cases and facing danger yet again. A good intermixed storyline with lots of cases being involved with each other if you can find the links. Also a sympathetic look at returning military members and the help they may need, often not recognised nor affordable for all. Some keep it hidden, thinking they can’t pass their suffering onto their families and friends. A topic that definitely needs bringing to people’s attention in this day and age.
Great investigative story and lots of twists and surprises to keep it interesting and leaving you wondering what might happen next. I have loved each of the Letty Valdez stories I have read so far and look forward to many more.
~~Cath, Goodreads review