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Historical Fiction

Published: August 2020

Publisher: Casa de los Sueños Publishing

 

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A Tale of Immigration, Temptation, and Betrayal in the Sixties 

Most Americans don’t understand or respect the importance of Mexican
migrant workers to the American economy. They have provided a workforce that
accepts the difficult jobs most refuse to do, and accept extremely low
wages. Carlos Crosses the Line is a novel that is set against a 60’s
background that reveals abuse, cruelty, and racism.

Carlos Montoya crossed one line by forsaking his culture’s
unquestioning faith. He leaped past another as he entered California
illegally during the free-love irreligious 1960s. There, three women tempted
him to abandon more of his limits.

 

—One sought to comfort him.

—One used him against her husband—his employer—in marital
combat.

—One demanded everything.

That summer of 1968 he fled California, falsely accused, beaten, and
terrified.

 

Twenty-six years later, in Michocán Mexico, the beautiful Lilia
Gomez arrives on Carlos’s doorstep, challenging him to recall those
days and to question his old transgressions. And lurking in his background,
what must never be revealed, is the major crime that haunts his past.

 

 

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About the Author

Edward D. Webster

Edward D. Webster’s wide-ranging interests have led him to diverse
careers from teaching Navajo students to managing regulatory compliance to
helping establish a center for abused children.

He is the author of an eclectic collection of books as well as articles
appearing in publications from The Boston Globe to Your Cat magazine. His
writing has been honored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association,
the Foreword Indies, the Boomer Times, and Ed’s favorite:
Hackwriters.com, among others.

Ed admits to a fascination with unique, quirky, and bizarre human behavior,
and he doesn’t exempt himself from the mix. His acclaimed memoir, A
Year of Sundays (Taking the Plunge and our Cat to Explore Europe) shares the
eccentric tale of his yearlong adventure in Europe with his spirited, blind
wife, Marguerite, and their headstrong, deaf, elderly cat, Felicia.

In his historical novel, Soul of Toledo, about Spain in the 1440s, the
diabolical nature of mankind stands out as madmen take over the city of
Toledo and torture suspected Jews thirty years before the Spanish
Inquisition.

Webster also likes to tinker by putting strange characters together to see
what they’ll do with/to each other. In his novel The Gentle
Bomber’s Melody, a nutty woman, bearing a stolen baby, lands on the
doorstep of a fugitive bomber hiding from the FBI. The result: irresistible
insanity.

From the happily unusual of A Year of Sundays to the cruelly perverse in
Soul of Toledo, Webster shines a light on offbeat aspects of human
nature.

In his latest novel, Carlos Crosses the Line, Webster casts his eye in new
directions: the 1960s, the immigration quagmire, free love, the validity of
borders between people and countries, the question of what to believe if you
don’t accept your culture’s traditional values.

Webster lives in Southern California with his divine wife and two amazing
cats.

 

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