Prisoner Prodigal Pawn
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Tribal politics and a family torn apart, are at the root of compelling conflicts revolving around the thought provoking question - "Do you believe life is pulled by fate or pushed by luck?” - that keeps this tale moving in several directions. Who's being manipulated, and who's pulling the strings? Prisoner Prodigal Pawn is a multi-ethnic thriller that infuses a unique blend of family, intrigue, and corruption, with shocking twists. An independent review from the WILDsound Festival stated:
…The casino-intrigue element of the story is interesting and unique, an inventive twist on a classic genre, and the balloon chase scene is unlike any other chase scene I’ve ever encountered. It’s riveting, original, and rendered well. Prisoner Prodigal Pawn is full of excitement, tension and unexpected twists that will keep the reader turning those pages...
Prisoner Prodigal Pawn follows the adventures of the Mozingo family as they try to unravel a conspiracy that has led one of their own, Elton Mozingo, to be set up for murder. The story is set in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico and revolves around a law firm, an Indian casino, and tribal politics. The Mozingo brothers, Elton and Charles, as well as their convicted-felon father, BP, are the eponymous prisoner, prodigal son, and pawn caught up in an elaborate embezzlement scheme that its perpetrators would kill to keep hidden.
Elton Mozingo, is a young attorney who has learned that the law firm he works for, Baxter and Baxter, is responsible for his father being unjustly incarcerated. He sets out on a trail to fight for his father’s freedom by confronting those responsible, but when a close colleague is murdered and the death scene implicates him, Elton comes face to face with his greatest fear, ending up like his father, an innocent man in jail.
Now a fugitive from justice, Elton soon realizes that the death of his colleague and the pursuit of his father’s innocence are connected. Rather than go to his estranged brother, a tribal police officer, for help, Elton turns to the aid of a childhood friend, Oda Raines, who uses him to pursue an agenda of her own. She has been an outspoken critic of some of the tribal leaders for the corruption associated with the casino. The firm’s largest client is the local Native American tribe, and it is the wealth from the Tribe’s gaming operations that is at the heart of Elton’s troubles. Bill Baxter, the firm’s patriarch, wants Elton captured before he uncovers much more of the past that will destroy him, and his firm.
The chase for freedom leads Elton on a suspense filled journey where the forces at play eventually push Elton, and his brother together on a quest of vengeance against those that created the wedge between them.
Prisoner Prodigal Pawn, with its diverse characters will appeal to readers who enjoy thrillers, but also to readers of varied cultural backgrounds, looking for a new kind of protagonist to root for. In addition, the subplot takes a look at a phenomenon quietly sweeping across the Native - American landscape, that of tribal members who are being disenrolled due to – some would say— the greed associated with the success casino gambling on Native – American soil.