Mexico City is a vibrant, exciting and dangerous place, rife with drug cartel violence and political corruption. Yet, the city conceals another side just as treacherous, one that can be found in the elegant mansions, manicured compounds and seductive glamour of Mexico’s very rich.

When Lili Golden’s beautiful sister, owner of The Palace of the Blue Butterfly art gallery, disappears in Mexico’s enormous capital, Lili abandons her comfortable stateside life to search for her. Soon she finds herself swept into her sister’s glittering world . . .


Praise for the writing


Del Rio compassionately explores critical issues. I was up last night reading through this suspenseful novel. More than once I recalled Theodore Dreiser a century ago. Rosenthal deals straight up with contemporary issues of institutionalized crime, racism, and injustice, and skillfully weaves a path through it, in California and western Mexico, in a way that adds to the suspense and excitement. This book is not only for mystery and crime aficionados, but could very well be assigned in college classrooms because of the mirror it casts on the protagonist, and, not incidentally, on our society itself.

Frederick M. Smith June 20, 2021

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