Prohibition has turned Eve Medina’s rural hometown into a center of black-market wine trade and police corruption. So when Eve kills a wealthy man, she knows it won’t matter that she’s sixteen, or that she acted in self-defense. What matters is that she’s poor, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, and she makes a living pretending to be a fortuneteller, which draws more than a few suspicious eyes. Her only chance to avoid ending up the first woman hanged in California is to get away with it.
Then Jakob Gellert, a young Hungarian immigrant who works as a magician, finds out about the murder. Desperate to learn the truth about why the state has erased all records of the only family he has in America, Jakob wants to use Eve’s knowledge of the town’s politics, prejudices, and secrets. And his reputation as an illusionist, equal parts skilled and dangerous, tells Eve he won’t hesitate to use what he knows against her if she doesn’t agree.
THE COIN DIVER, complete at 90,000 words, is set in Central California in 1927.
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