Leoncio's Candle of Death
is the first novel of the Jake Crocetti True Crime Mystery Series.
Anthony Josef weaves the facts of true crimes with completely fictional
characters, and in the end, sets the record straight in a wrongly-solved
murder mystery on the High Plains of Texas.
Trial lawyer Jake Crocetti is hired by the wife of a missing
Amarillo attorney to figure out whether her husband is dead or skipped off
to the Carribean with a topless dancer.
When Jake and his investigator, Victoria "Vic" Fontana start
swimming through facts of the case, they find themselves drowning in
connections to a decade-old capital murder case involving the gruesome
Halloween night rape and murder of a nun at St. Mary's Convent.
As Jake pieces together the final days before the attorney disappeared,
he uncovers the most shocking law enforcement conspiracy
in Texas history-a
conspiracy between a politically ambitious and thoroughly corrupt
District Attorney and his puppet Medical Examiner. This conspiracy led
to the wrongful execution of a brain-damaged teenager, Johnny Blackburn.
When the most vile secrets of Amarillo's past start gurgling to the
surface, the smell of death becomes inescapable as bodies start dropping
Nothing is what is seems in this bone-chilling tale of
murders, cover-ups and plain old West Texas injustice.
And nothing can prepare you for the conscience-numbing revelation
of the true murderer's identity and realization that the State
of Texas has executed an innocent man.