St. Martin's, Dec. 2002, 23.95, 272 pp.
Filomena grew up in a very poor region in Ecuador before she immigrated to the United States where she became a citizen, gave birth to a daughter, and obtained her private investigator license. She and her thirteen-year-old daughter return to Ecuador to see their extended family and to take a vacation in the mountain region where she grew up.
When she has a chance, she visits Father Campus, the priest responsible for saving her life and getting her out of the country. When the politically active priest is murdered, Filomena vows to bring his killer to justice. She starts her own investigation and winds up being framed for a murder that has the earmarks of an assassination. Forced to go on the run, a desperate Filomena returns to the area where she was once well known as a freedom fighter, hoping to get the answers that will clear her name.
K.J.A. Wishnia gives the reader an up close and personal look into a third world country where life is poor and people will kill to for food. The heroine is a brave person who is willing to take on a corrupt government to see that justice occurs. BLOOD LAKE is a very complex tale with several sub-plots that seamlessly blend into the main story line leading to a lasting impression on the minds of the audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner