[messengers] ‘Hailey’s War’ - a novel with a messenger protagonist

Date: 12 Nov 2010 20:09:50 +0100
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>

‘Hailey’s War’ is absorbing, addictive 
By Mark Lardas 
Galveston Daily News, October 31, 2010 
“Hailey’s War,” by Jodi Compton, Shaye Areheart Books, 287 pages, $22.99. 
Hailey Cain is fearless. Hailey’s dream was to go to West Point and become an officer. 
She had gotten to West Point, but two weeks before graduation she was cut loose and discharged from the Army. 
Hailey drifted back to her native California to salve her disappointment. Now, she’s a bicycle messenger in San Francisco. 
She’s one of the best because of the risks she will take to shave off a few minutes of the delivery time. Her new hobby is talking potential jumpers down off the Golden Gate Bridge. 
This is the opening of “Hailey’s War,” a novel by Jodi Compton. 
Hailey’s aimless drifting stops when an old friend from Los Angeles gets Hailey to agree to take what she assumes will be a simple job. 
Hailey is hired to escort a pregnant girl back to the girl’s hometown in Mexico. The girl is an illegal immigrant, but Hailey’s job does include getting the girl back into the United States. 
Things suddenly become complicated. Shortly after entering Mexico, Hailey and Nidia, the girl Hailey was escorting, get ambushed by gunmen. 
Hailey is shot and left for dead. She wakes up in a Mexican hospital, with literally nothing but the clothes she’s wearing. She survived only because she was found by passing farmers and learns she had been in a coma for eight weeks. 
As for Nidia? Neither the hospital personnel nor Mexican police officials know anything about her. Their consensus is Nidia doesn’t exist, that the girl is an artifact of the trauma Hailey suffered. 
When Hailey returns to California to find out what happened to Nidia, she discovers the trail has gone cold. 
Nidia isn’t the only one who has disappeared — so has Nidia’s family. For the first time since her Army discharge, Hailey has a purpose — to find out what happened. Better yet, she must find Nidia and, if necessary, rescue the girl. 
The rest of the novel follows Hailey as she seeks clues that will lead her to Nidia, and unravel the mysteries that surround the girl’s disappearance. 
In order to solve this puzzle, Hailey must confront a Los Angeles gang leader and an organized crime family. 
She also must confront the ghosts of her own past — including the secret of her fearlessness. 
“Hailey’s War” is fast-paced, intricately plotted and compelling. 
Compton has written an absorbing and addictive novel. 


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