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This fast-paced debut novel follows political kingmaker Charles O'Connell and barrels through the New Mexican landscape in an exploration of innocence and guilt, wealth and power, and the search for love and happiness. ...more
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Published March 31st 2020 by Arte Publico Press
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Robert Intriago
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, mystery
Three different stories. Charles is a failed political manager, Olivia an artist married to a rich man and Gabe, a Native American. The stories are loosely connected and involve the construction of an airport in Santa Fe, NM, in which a burial site is discovered. Charles is hired as a PR man but is there an ulterior motive?

An interesting story that lacks a little bit of cohesiveness. They are all over the place and you keep on asking “when are they coming together?” Be patient because it finally
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Shannon Perri
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book! You can read my review of it for the Texas Observer here: https://www.texasobserver.org/trust-m... ...more
Rachel Swearingen
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
So much fun reading this debut novel by Richard Santos, who brings much of his experience and knowledge as a former political consultant and union organizer. Told in multiple points of view, Trust Me shows the complexity of New Mexico politics and history, especially in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. My favorite character is Gabriel Luna, a sweet, messed up, and often hilarious laborer, who just wants to spend some time with his teenaged son. The book begins with Gabe discovering human bones at a hig ...more
Scott Semegran
Oct 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Trust Me is the debut suspense thriller from Richard Z. Santos with dueling stories of two men affected by the discovery of a mysterious skeleton on a construction site in New Mexico. The book description from the publisher describes it best: “Charles O'Connell is riding an epic losing streak. An unexpected offer to work in Santa Fe, New Mexico, doing public relations for a firm building the city's new airport feels like an opportunity to start fresh and make connections with powerful people out ...more
Scott
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book about a down-on-his-luck political campaigner who tries to get back on his feet by taking a job for a Sante Fe developer and power player and finds himself in a world he can’t handle. Power is a force that dominates the lives of the players of the game but also ripples into the lives of “regular folk” and Santos does a great job of showing that, turning his lens from the powerful to those who are doing their best to stay afloat in the rush. The dialogue in this fast-pace ...more
Elliott Turner
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
There's a lot to like about this pageturner set in Santa Fe as a shady tycoon tries to build a casino on the sly until his wife, a new PR hire, and a not recognized indigenous community seem to toss as wrench in his plans.

I loved the look at Santa Fe and its politics - my family is from there, so I laughed and nodded along to many of the observations. I do think I could have read another 100 pages of this - it got really interesting, and unpredictable, when the tycoon abruptly leaves town and ab
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Laura Jean
Jan 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
***SPOILER ALERT***

At first, I did not enjoy this book very much. The characters were not at all likable. But then as I delved in deeper, I realized that was part of the point. They were all very flawed, some more likable...more redeemable than others. The title is ironic because nobody in this book is trustworthy. Everyone for the most part is greedy or lying to themselves about something...or both. It reminded me of the book SIMPLE PLAN, they made a movie out of it too with Billy Bob Thornton.
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Joseph Scapellato
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TRUST ME is a nimble blend of high-desert political thriller, noir, and crime drama. The plot, folded tightly with twists and revelations, never veers far from its vivid and layered characters—reckless oil barons and unsavory political operatives, powerful single moms and redemption-seeking deadbeat dads, ambitious artists and weary veterans—characters who, in Santos’ generous hands, glow with warmth and need and life, who risk everything they’ve got in end-of-the-line attempts to become who the ...more
Bigelow Johnson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disgraced and clueless political operative Charlie O’Connell hopes for a new beginning. Santa Fe socialite Olivia Branch craves delivery from a marriage that’s become a prison. Chronic pothead and serial failure Gabriel Luna needs to scrape together a thousand bucks to send his kid to camp. Ex-cop and hammer-fisted enforcer Mallon just wants his world to make sense.

Read my whole review at pauleberly.com.
Marisa
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing.
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A compelling story about politics.
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