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Hailey's War by Jodi Compton

By Jodi Compton

Hailey Cain has a historical past of trying out the boundaries of her destiny: as a fearless motorcycle messenger at the twisted, aggressive streets of San Francisco; as a tender woman cadet in a sea of guys at West element. yet Hailey additionally has secrets--the greatest of which led her to depart the academy simply months in need of commencement, months clear of changing into a lieutenant within the U.S. military. Now, scraping and combating her means via lifestyles, Hailey unearths concentration simply whilst she's in movement. whilst an outdated pal from her former existence in l. a. calls in a want, Hailey does not need to imagine too lengthy earlier than she accepts the challenge. she is going to escort a tender Mexican girl around the border to a distant mountain city in Sierra Madre. yet what occurs there'll regulate Hailey's existence irrevocably. From the dustiest Mexican roads to the meanest streets of East L.A., Hailey unearths herself ensnared in a warfare extra deviant and unpleasant than any she expert for as a cadet. Deep within the gang underworld, pusued by way of mobsters and gurus alike, Hailey needs to use her instincts to stick alive--and to guard the blameless from a prior that also haunts her. Awash in sharp gangland info and unrelenting in its velocity, Hailey's struggle introduces essentially the most memorable heroines in fresh crime fiction. Hailey Cain is advanced, tricky, and unnerving--and her trip into the depths of depression and desperation is as harrowing because it is most unlikely to place down.

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If nothing else, though, CJ’s friendship soothed the pains of early adolescence. At school, we ate lunch together when the longtime Californians and the Air Force kids were branched off in their cliques. After school, we halved the time it took us to do homework by splitting the assignments and copying each other’s answers. It was probably that joint arrangement that kept CJ’s grades up in junior high. It’s not that he wasn’t bright—he was—but his studies had never interested him much. What interested him was music.

The Golden Gate Bridge is, largely due to its location: It serves as a kind of borderline between the enclosed waters of the Bay and the open water of the Pacific, between the American continent and the rest of the world. It is open to cyclists and to pedestrians, many of whom are dazzled tourists. In its most mundane sense, it is the bridge between the city and the Marin headlands. But to twenty or more people a year, it is the bridge to eternity. The Golden Gate Bridge is America’s foremost suicide destination.

I’m on it right now,” I said. ” “Thanks,” Shay said after giving me the intersection where I was to meet Fabian. “It’s no problem,” I said. And it wasn’t. This was my work now, and I did it with the great humility life has taught me since I washed out of the United States Military Academy at West Point, just two months before I would have graduated and become a second lieutenant in the United States Army. two My name is Hailey Cain. I’m twenty-three and have one of the most popular first names for girls of my generation.

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