Crossing Borders
Jud Hanson
I learned to love reading at a very early age, thanks to many hours of being read to by my parents and grandparents. As far back as I can remember, libraries and bookstores have consumed much of my time and money. 
By Jud Hanson
Published on 10/20/2010
After being rescued by a stranger, DeSilva must try to clear his reputation of a brutal murder.

The coming storm

Eddie DeSilva is on a much needed vacation, sailing solo on his boat. Without warning, a sudden storm blows in and he is thrown overboard, only to be rescued by a mysterious stranger who appears on the deck of his boat. Once they’ve made it back to shore, DeSilva discovers his rescuer has jumped overboard. As it turns out later, the man is wanted for the murder of his wife, a local immigration rights advocate. DeSilva begins to investigate the murder and discovers some facts that just don’t add up. When the suspect is slain while in custody, the new San Diego police chief marks the case as closed but DeSilva continues to investigate.  Things begin to get hairy when Councilman Delgado, a candidate for Mayor who turns out to be the local leader of a drug cartel, is connected to the murder of both the wife and her husband. DeSilva must try and outwit Delgado before he wins the election and implements his plans to expand his drug business.

Crossing Border by Richard Hicks is the second outing for former San Diego PD Chief Eddie DeSilva. Hicks has taken his character development to the next level by giving us more insight on what makes the Portuguese-American tick. DeSilva is tenacious and not afraid to put himself on the line when he believes justice is not being served, as he demonstrates by pursuing the murder case,despite it being declared “Closed” by the current chief. Hicks made a smart move by changing the name of this series to the Eddie DeSilva Mysteries, since  Enneagrams are only a peripheral plot element. Hicks has created a highly likeable supporting cast and this series has high potential. I believe the author has proven that an engaging mystery novel doesn’t have to be long or graphic to attract the reader. This book earns 5 stars from me.-Jud Hanson