Sandoval: Listening Woman

After four years in the Navy and service in Iraq tracking down bombers and IEDs, and fresh from the Navajo police academy, 26-year-old Navajo Nation Police Officer Irene Sandoval reports for duty and is assigned four bottom-of-the-barrel assignments nobody else wants, including two major cold-case follow-ups, babysitting a rich, white, politically connected daughter of a Washington bigshot -- and arresting an old flame from 10th grade who stole a sheep. Enter a dead frog, a legendary Navajo shaman pursued by Kit Carson, kidnapped Boy Scouts, a ransom demand, and a radical Native American cell ... and Sandoval finds herself neck-deep in entangled cases and cold-blooded killers.

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Curmudeonly 74-year-old ink-stained wretch (imagine, if you dare, Wilford Brimley and Lou Grant having a love child), paid professional writer more or less continuously since 1962, paid professional editor since 1966, about three decades or so in newspapers, with some lacunae and journeys into the Dark Side (politics, advertising, catalog writing, retail sales and, for the last 16 years, chief copy editor for the behavioral Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [contractor, not an actual Fed]).

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Contest Results:
Miami Screenplay Awards (Quarterfinalist) [2021]