Land of Careful Shadows
Suzanne Chazin

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Narrated By: Armando Durán

Duration: 11 hours and 11 minutes

What to expect

Land of Careful Shadows by award-winning author Suzanne Chazin is a powerful mystery full of passion and secrets that deals with a clash of cultures and familial relationships, and it's full of drama, mystery, and raw emotions.

When the dead body of a Latino woman is found in a reservoir about fifty miles north of Manhattan, with a photo of a baby in her purse nearby, the police try to determine who the child is and if it is still alive. Along with the photo, they also find a disturbing note in the purse: "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."

Homicide detective Jimmy Vega is Latino too, so he knows how hard it can be for an outsider to fit into a close-knit town like Lake Holly. Vega is a highly respected officer of the law, and he is challenged and intrigued by Adele Figueroa, a passionate defender of immigrants' rights. Vega must rethink everything he believes in order to uncover the truths about his town, his family, and himself.

Land of Careful Shadows is a tour de force of literary suspense and an intimate journey into the human heart.


Crime and mystery: police procedural, Crime and mystery fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Fiction: general and literary

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“Hits the heart, not just the pulse, with people you come to care about. First-rate and highly recommended.”

Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Chazin’s novel is one of the most genuinely phenomenal examples of storytelling. Full of twists and turns, the narrative leaves…[listeners] guessing, but it also does a brilliant job getting them invested in the characters…the novel also makes an affecting statement about hatred and racism in a small town, and how the race lines drawn in these settings can sometimes rip an entire population to pieces. It’s a powerful read.”

RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

“Timely and engrossing…The engaging, psychologically complex Vega must confront unwelcome aspects of his past as his investigation builds to a shocking conclusion.”

Publishers Weekly

“The intricate plot and the important social issues combine in this strong debut of a promising series.”


“Suzanne Chazin has crafted a tantalizing, keenly moving, and nuanced look at the little-understood immigrant community, particularly the undocumented. Suspenseful, involving, Land of Careful Shadows will touch your heart.”

Julia Spencer-Fleming, award-winning mystery novelist

“That rare crime novel that gets the reader caught up in the lives of beautifully drawn characters.”