It’s a routine job for painter Paul Zacher, now getting a reputation for his abilities as a detective. Simply facilitate the authentication and transfer of what could be a genuine Mayan book (codex) from the 1500s, of which only four others are known.
But when the book’s inflammatory message proves to be at the core of a three way struggle among the Mexican government, the rebels of Chiapas, and a private collector with deep pockets, the conflict escalates. Kidnapping follows murder as the three forces compete for possession, until Zacher commits what looks to everyone like an act of cold blooded execution. The survival of the Zacher Agency and Paul himself are gravely in doubt in this, the second of the Murder in Mexico mystery series.
John Scherber moved to Mexico in 2007. He is the author of 30 books, 20 of which are the mystery series, Murder in Mexico, featuring the painter turned detective, Paul Zacher. The author brings his own insights as a painter to these stories. The series is currently in development for a television series, starting with the first volume, Twenty Centavos.