The Demands of the Dead: a pro-Zapatista murder mystery novel set in Chiapas, Mexico

In my 2014 pro-Zapatista murder mystery, an American investigator travels to rebel-held Chiapas, Mexico, to figure out who killed two members of State Security.


Whodunit? Counterinsurgency and police violence in Zapatista Territory An excerpt published in the book lounge Nov 6, 2014


A detective story set in the middle of an indigenous insurgency Megan Cotton-Kinch review in Two Row Times Sept 16, 2014 (alt link)

Joe Emersberger reviews Demands of the Dead for TeleSUR English November 10, 2014

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My novel The Demands of the Dead is out as of September 2014. It’s a self-publication, inspired by authors like Hugh Howley, available on KDP and Smashwords (as an e-book) and on CreateSpace as a physical book. Cover design by Suzy Harris-Brandts.

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About the book

When police killed his two best friends in a supposedly accidental shooting, detective Mark Brown left the force bitter and angry, abandoning a promising career and leaving his special skills to languish. A year later, the trail of one of the killers has Mark looking south, to Mexico, just as he receives a mysterious, anonymous, encrypted message over e-mail: The dead demand much more than vengeance.

The same day, two Mexican police are murdered in guerrilla territory in Chiapas, Mexico, where the Zapatista rebels face the Mexican government in a deadly conflict in which no one is safe and no one can afford to be neutral. A US firm close to the Mexican government is contracted to do an independent investigation, and they want Mark in the field. But does anyone want the truth to come out? The Mexican police stand accused of corruption and collusion in drug trafficking. The rebels and their apparently benign supporters have secrets of their own. And the US Embassy wants Mark to use his new contacts to bolster their intelligence on the rebellion.

Drawn into the conflict zone by the connection to the deaths of his friends, Mark finds that he has to work on both sides to solve the case, in a place where any mistake could endanger lives – or reignite a war.