The Fragile Edge (A Jimmy Vega Mystery #6) (Hardcover)

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A sniper attack propels Latinx cop Jimmy Vega on a twisting hunt for a predator who stalks the unforgiving landscape of immigrant America. Probing beyond the hardships of the journey north, award-winning author Suzanne Chazin's taut and timely novel explores the perils that await the hopeful once they reach their destination-and the price they must pay to survive...
“Chazin explores that difficult place where cultures collide, with a heart filled with compassion.” – William Kent Krueger on The Fragile Edge

Jimmy Vega straddles two worlds--the hardscrabble Bronx where he grew up as the child of a Puerto Rican single mother, and the upscale, mostly white, suburban county where he now serves as a police detective. Yet despite his sense of never belonging, he's a good and decent cop-even if the multi-million-dollar civil suit he's facing says otherwise.

His own troubles take a back seat when Vega learns that a court officer has just been shot and killed while transporting a controversial judge across the courthouse lot. Vega quickly surmises that the judge was the real target. She's earned the ire of alt-right hate groups for going soft on undocumented defendants accused of petty crimes. The sole witness to the sniper's identity is a Guatemalan girl traveling by bus from the border. And now, she's vanished-melted into a community fearful of the police. Her days are numbered if Vega can't get to her before the killer does.

But as Vega and his girlfriend, Adele Figueroa, head of the local outreach center, probe deeper into the shadowy farm community where immigrants toil in horrifying conditions, they tap into a chilling discovery. One that offers Vega a stark choice: keep quiet and be lauded as a hero, knowing he let the real villain go. Or risk everything for an ugly truth no one wants him to find...

About the Author

Suzanne Chazin won widespread acclaim for the Jimmy Vega series, including Land of Careful Shadows, A Blossom of Bright Light, and No Witness But the Moon. She is also the author of the Georgia Skeehan mystery series, including The Fourth Angel, Flashover, and Fireplay. She has twice been the recipient of the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction. Her fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, as well as the award-winning short story anthology, Bronx Noir. She lives in the New York City area. Visit her on Facebook or at

Praise For…

Praise for Suzanne Chazin and her novels
“Touching and disturbing . . . a timely tale of the plight of immigrants whose uncertain status makes them vulnerable to abuse.”
Publishers Weekly
“Top-notch storytelling, appealing characters, and a timely controversy guarantee energetic book discussions.”
“Chazin delivers a complex, suspenseful story, with the grace of a ballerina and the impact of a boxer’s fist.”
—William Kent Krueger
“Get ready for a roller coaster of emotions as you plow through this tense, timely novel.”
—Julia Dahl
“A compulsively readable police procedural that builds to the pace of a thriller with an explosive ending.”
Hallie Ephron
This is everything a great suspense novel should be. First rate and highly recommended.”
Lee Child
“What a wonderful read! Suspenseful, involving, peopled with colorful, engaging characters. . . . This fine novel will touch your heart.”
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496715562
ISBN-10: 149671556X
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: A Jimmy Vega Mystery