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Mystery is set at Tahoe

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Provided to the Tribune. South Lake Tahoe resident and mystery writer Todd Borg will discuss his latest book, "Tahoe Silence," and sign copies Aug. 1 at Neighbors Bookstore.
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Local mystery writer Todd Borg will be signing books and talking about his new mystery, “Tahoe Silence,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Neighbors Bookstore. Call (530) 541-6296.

Borg’s Tahoe mysteries feature Detective Owen McKenna and the now-famous character of Spot, a Harlequin Great Dane who is McKenna’s sidekick. With every two books sold, Borg will be giving away heavy-duty canvas book bags with the “Spot Rocks” logo.

Borg is the author of four previous mystery thrillers, “Tahoe Deathfall,” “Tahoe Blowup,” “Tahoe Ice Grave” and “Tahoe Killshot.” His books have been praised in Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Midwest Book Review and dozens of newspapers and magazines coast-to-coast. He has received many awards, including a Ben Franklin Award, Librarian’s Choice Best Fiction award from the Cincinnati Public Library, Best Mystery Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers, and inclusion on a Top Five Books of the Year list in Mystery News.

“Tahoe Silence” mixes the enigma of autism with the mystery of an extremely valuable secret. The novel is about SalAnne “Silence” Ramirez, who is an exceptional artist. She is also autistic and mute and has never spoken a word in her 17 years. When Silence is kidnapped on the eve of the Tahoe Biker Festival, Detective Owen McKenna and Spot pursue a biker gang with a charismatic leader who speaks Aztec commands from Aztec Gods.

To find the girl, McKenna needs to know why she was kidnapped. Silence knows the reason, but that knowledge is locked inside her mind. Time to save the girl is short. As McKenna searches for clues in the autistic girl’s drawings, he comes to a horrible realization. The kidnapper plans a ritual sacrifice at the next full moonrise.


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