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Coyote (Carlotta Carlyle #3)

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Delving deep into the dangerous world of illegal aliens and the deadly "coyotes" who prey on them, Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle is propelled into the arms of a handsome immigration agent, who may be after more than just the facts. Before long Carlotta finds herself amidst the darkest corners of Boston's subculture--forced to confront the blackest evil in men's souls.
Published (first published 1990)
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Another piece of the puzzle is put together as more is revealed about Carlotta Carlyle’s intriguing world while reading this 3rd book in the series, especially about her little sister Paolina (from the Big Sisters program). Carlotta takes her responsibility towards her little “sister” very seriously. She has been a big sister to Paolina since the little girl was 7 and has spent a lot of time with her, trying to teach her self-worth, taking her out to various educational and fun activities, tryin ...more
#3 Carlotta Carlyle mystery featuring the PI and sometime-cabbie in Boston, MA. A young Spanish-speaking woman, possibly an illegal from some Central American country, comes to Carlotta as a walk-in client. She has with her one of Carlotta's business cards and a newspaper, pointing to an article about a dead woman named Manuela Estefan. The woman claims in halting Spanish that the dead person isn't Manuela Estefan--SHE is, and the woman had her green card. She wants Carlotta to get it back witho ...more
Robert Scott
Finished rereading 09/29/2011. Carlotta wonders why her "little sister" Paolina is so distant after her return from her mothers visit to Columbia for her Marta's father's funeral. C.C. is hired to find an immigrant's green card after a murder. She becomes involved with an investigation into illegals working in a local sweat shop and four murders of these women. She with the help of Mooney finds that all the trouble turns around a rogue INS agent.
This is the 3rd book in the Carlotta Carlyle series. I am really enjoying these books. Carlotta is my summer book companion this year. The setting of the book was the late 80s but the immigration issues are still relevant today. It is funny to have a detective running around without a cell phone and using a dial up computer connect and only having access to AOL but the stories are compelling and the characters engaging.
I just could not get pulled into this book. Perhaps if I had not been on vacation and unable to read for longer stretches I could have stayed focused. It didn't help that this is the third book in the series but the first one I have read.
This was a choice of the library mystery club. I enjoyed the main character being a woman detective. The story involved illegal immigrant women & children trying to survive in the Boston area. I was disappointed with the ending of the story.
I bought this book several years ago, was attracted by the description on the back side and the comments of literary journalists.

The back side said it was a 'quick, well written story'. The subject: detectives, immigrants, murder. But nevertheless the story didn't catch me. I found Carlotta Carlyle, the main character, a detective, very annoying, chaotic, not a character that I found anything in common with.

I gave it a try, and a second read, but now I got to page 89 I decided to stop reading
Illegal immigration is such an icky, hot-button, no win issue. Green cards and using illegal workers were the focus of Coyote by Linda Barnes, and these issues touched the people close to PI Carlotta Carlisle. I did not enjoy this 3rd book in the series because of the subject matter. I also think I wasn't in a hard-boiled mystery mood. I would continue reading this series at a later time as I still like the characters, even when the subject matter is uncomfortable.
Kara Bee
Another enjoyable Carlotta Carlyle mystery. I enjoy how Linda Barnes continues to develop the character of Carlotta and the secondary characters. Carlotta continues to grow and develop rather than remain static as is often the case in series. I am looking forward to reading the next book!
PROTAGONIST: Carlotta Carlyle, cab driver and PI
SERIES: book #3
I like the protagonist in this series, but sometimes struggle with the secondary characters. The plot in this one has to do with illegal immigration. A large part of the book deals with the problems of Carlotta's Little Sister, Paolina. I'm not overly fond of this relationship. The plot is average.
Ryan Mishap
When you find a new mystery writer, or, rather, randomly pluck one from the infinite sea of mystery writers, there's a favorable glow glossing over their work. Unless they get better, though, you will lose interest the longer the series goes. Book three is a good one to bet on--the first caught your attention. The second was probably much like the first. The third is where they will take chances.
Kimz Zahour
I'm becoming more and more fond of this series. Maybe I wasn't sensitive to the character's inner conflicts in the other novels but it really jumped out at me in this book. It gave the characters more complexity in this already character driven mystery series.
There always seems to be an element of politics or bureaucracy in the plots and I'm thankful that that aspect is not over-done.
Another Carlotta Carlyle book. This one is about immigration in Central America and what looks like a serial murderer stalking illegals. Also Paolina (her "little sister") has found out her father is a different man from the one she always thought was her dad, so she too is worrying about deportation. Not a terrific story, but it moves along ok.
I really liked this book. It wasn't great literature, but it kept me interested through the end. This was the first book I've read by this author, and while not the first in the series, it was the first my library had. I didn't feel too behind from not reading the first two. I like the main character and will look for more of these books.
This book was a little slow for my liking.
I did enjoy it.
Mary_ellen Batcho
This is not about the animal a coyote, it is about abduction and selling people to an awful life frequently in another country. I foound this to be extremely intense and very tangled with other characters lives. When there is someone this evil in your past you are never really free of them. Try this book it is great.
This was an entertaining, good light read, perfect for those times when you need an escape -- like, for example when your digestive system is in open rebellion and you just want to be somewhere else while it calms down. Suspenseful, engaging characters, not too deep. I'll read more of her books.
My first Carlotta Carlyle book, an impressive story. Carlotta Carlyle reminds me a lot of Sara Paretsy's feisty heroine V.I.Warshawski. The coyote of the title is someone who smuggles people across borders usually from Latin America into the USA.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing Character: Carlotta Carlyle; illegal Hispanic immigrants are turning up dead and Carlotta finds evidence of a business using these aliens and government officials.
Imagine... a 6' tall female private investigator (wears size 11 shoes!) and loves to play volleyball... I find Carlotta's adventures to be entertaining.
My blog post about this book is at this link.
This was pretty good, not the usual stuff I read, but an interesting examination of immigration issues in the U.S.
read it a LONG time ago. she is a GOOD author; i remember that. her Carlotta Carlyle mysteries are good and fun.
I really liked this one better than the first. I don't think I could drive around boston yet though.
this has good plot and Carlotta is good character -- likes men but doesn't like to be pushed around.
This was a good book. I enjoyed reading it. This series is worth reading.
I enjoy her books. Another woman detective. Nice relaxing read.
Catherine Woodman
I love Carlotta--this is a good book in the series
nice mystery but i guessed the bad guy way too soon
It was a great PI series and well written.
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Linda Barnes is an American mystery writer, born and raised in Detroit, and graduated from Boston University"s School of Theater. She is best known for her series featuring Carlotta Carlyle, a 6'1" redheaded detective from Boston. Carlotta Carlyle is often compared to the hard-boiled female detectives created by Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky. Her new novel, "The Perfect Ghost," which will be publi ...more
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