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rank 5907
word count 49003
date submitted 03.06.2009
date updated 20.06.2009
genres: Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Comedy
classification: adult
incomplete

COYOTE RUN

Rita Ellis

Mattie Latucci, a feisty private investigator and trouble magnet, witnesses the murder of undocumented aliens, while falling for the Border Patrol Agent who's protecting her.

 

The Arizona desert can be a dangerous place not just from the elements and creatures that roam the baked, desolate land, but also from the two-legged predators called coyotes, who target desperate individuals wanting to cross the US border. Mattie Latucci, a skip tracer and bungling private investigator, witnesses an execution, albeit from afar, in Casa Grande, a small community just south of Phoenix. The next day, her name and pertinent information appear in the paper. The coyotes employ a series of scare tactics that drives her into the arms of Border Patrol Agent, Steve Richards.

A divorced mother, Mattie is a member of a prominent family. Her quirky family adds to her list of problems and drives her a step closer to free admission to the nut farm. With the coyotes hunting her, Mattie still manages to get herself into strange inexplicable situations, mainly because she ‘leaps before she looks’. When she meets Steve Richards, the attraction is instantaneous and mutual, but after a messy divorce, she fights the attraction. Her playful, sassy, and sexy attitude is irresistible to Steve. Her world is turned upside-down while she tries to stay alive and possibly build a future with Steve.

 
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arizona desert, border patrol, humor, murder, police, romance, suspense

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Keith G wrote 1768 days ago

Rita,

I just read three chapters from "Coyote Run" and I liked every bit of it. A funny thing, I just finished reading three from another similar book "Adventureland" and you two write an awful lot alike. That said, I backed Adventureland and will back "Coyote Run" and for the same reasons: the characters and the dialogue match up well and the chapter endings kept me reading on. A great story ... I really liked it and will put it on my shelf and would ask that when you read any of mine you send me any comments you might also have.

Peace,

Keith G.

Karla_B27 wrote 1777 days ago

Mattie has a great voice. Very humorous lines throughout. I'm not sure that I got lost in the death scene, but then again, I'm not sure I really had too. This isn't a drama and the feeling is pretty light, so far. I love it. Definitely shelve worthy.

Libralight wrote 1776 days ago

Rita: This is a lot tighter on the rewrite. I can't believe you get so much action in such a small space.
M

Keith G wrote 1768 days ago

Rita,

I just read three chapters from "Coyote Run" and I liked every bit of it. A funny thing, I just finished reading three from another similar book "Adventureland" and you two write an awful lot alike. That said, I backed Adventureland and will back "Coyote Run" and for the same reasons: the characters and the dialogue match up well and the chapter endings kept me reading on. A great story ... I really liked it and will put it on my shelf and would ask that when you read any of mine you send me any comments you might also have.

Peace,

Keith G.

Libralight wrote 1776 days ago

Rita: This is a lot tighter on the rewrite. I can't believe you get so much action in such a small space.
M

Libralight wrote 1776 days ago

Rita! Wow, girl, you get it done!
I'm running around in here banging into walls, trying to find the doors. You popped up and now I feel more secure. I stuck five chapters of Adventureland in and am so grateful for your letting me know about this site.
Now I can read Mattie all at once instead of in increments.
L

Rita Ellis wrote 1777 days ago

Karla,

Thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks again.


Mattie has a great voice. Very humorous lines throughout. I'm not sure that I got lost in the death scene, but then again, I'm not sure I really had too. This isn't a drama and the feeling is pretty light, so far. I love it. Definitely shelve worthy.

Rita Ellis wrote 1777 days ago

Ariom,

Nit pick away. That's the only way to learn. I'm glad you enjoyed the first chapter. It wasn't written to be deep, just something to enjoy and hopefully forget your own problems for a moment.

Thanks again.

Rita

Rita,
I’m nit picking here; forgive me. These could be just typos.
Ch 2 – should be residents’ ages, and parents’ house (old rule, put the apostrophe after the name of the owners). And you don’t need the apostrophe in 80s, either time.
On a very positive side, I love the relationship between Mattie and her daughter.
You say her father is tall, no need to give her mother’s height, or maybe you could phrase it this way ‘just over five feet tall’. (Um, these are only suggestions and this is only my opinion; feel free to ignore or tell me to nick off, okay.)
‘ a month long minute’ – liked that description!
Indiana Jones and I hate snakes. Liked that bit!
I’m reading on. Good luck with this.
Regards.

Ariom Dahl wrote 1777 days ago

Rita,
I’m nit picking here; forgive me. These could be just typos.
Ch 2 – should be residents’ ages, and parents’ house (old rule, put the apostrophe after the name of the owners). And you don’t need the apostrophe in 80s, either time.
On a very positive side, I love the relationship between Mattie and her daughter.
You say her father is tall, no need to give her mother’s height, or maybe you could phrase it this way ‘just over five feet tall’. (Um, these are only suggestions and this is only my opinion; feel free to ignore or tell me to nick off, okay.)
‘ a month long minute’ – liked that description!
Indiana Jones and I hate snakes. Liked that bit!
I’m reading on. Good luck with this.
Regards.

Ariom Dahl wrote 1777 days ago

Rita, at the first paragraph I thought I wasn't going to like this but then it took off. I chortled my way through this first chapter, in spite of the murders. Sounds like everyone knows everyone else (and everyone else's business in this town) and the tone reminded me of Janet Evanovich's books. I'm coming back for me and giving this a turn on my shelf as it entertained me. Great Literature it is not, but it certainly has the potential for good read. All the best with it.

Karla_B27 wrote 1777 days ago

Mattie has a great voice. Very humorous lines throughout. I'm not sure that I got lost in the death scene, but then again, I'm not sure I really had too. This isn't a drama and the feeling is pretty light, so far. I love it. Definitely shelve worthy.

Ayrich wrote 1779 days ago

I think I didnt feel the reaction as she found the bodies strongly enough. THe copper taing implies a bloody death. the reaction on the phone implies she was shocked, but I didnt get her revulsion or fear or what she was feeling.
I love the premise and story and I love Mattie as a character. The above is the opinion of a tired reader. take it with a grain of salt.
This is good enough to shelve.

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