The Killing of the Saints by Alex Abella
Approx. 103,690 words.
Published on February 28, 2010.
Charlie Morell, a court-appointed private investigator, is compelled to take on the case of two Cuban "marielitos" - followers of the voodoo-like santería cult - accused of a particularly vicious massacre in a downtown Los Angeles jewelry store. But Charlie is himself Cuban, hiding in the City of Angels away from his own guilty secrets - just another faceless detective.