Zia summers grow crops under rain-clouded, sun-filled skies
Zia Summer acts as the Sonny Baca Mystery Quartet debut novel by New Mexico’s living treasure, Rudolfo Alfonso Anaya (born October 30, 1937).
The emeritus Pastura village-born professor of Anglo and Chicano literatures at the University of New Mexico belongs among writers who successfully juggle:
• folklore, legends, myths;
• plays, poems; and
• short stories.
The detective novel in question confirms the Chicano literature co-founder’s expertise in writing mysteries as well.
It deals with crimes of ritual animal and people killings in the midst of:
• challenges between Anglo, Chicano, and Pueblo cultural legacies;
• clashes between Aztec- and Zia-worshipping cultists and Land of Enchantment-concerned governmental agencies; and
• controversies over nuclear waste carriers, disposal, leaks, and sites.