Freelance writer John Standard is suffering from post-traumatic stress after having narrowly escaped death at the hands of a brutal serial killer. He travels from his home in Oregon to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, to recuperate. While there, he finds himself drafted into a search for the missing granddaughter of an Oregon millionaire. It is suspected that she has become one of the Paradise Girls -young American girls who are kidnapped from their homes and forced into prostitution in Mexico. His search takes him into a dark world inhabited by the very wealthy Raul Barrego and his mysterious female companion, an assassin kwn only by the name Pantera -the Panther.
Tom Towslee was born in Los Angeles, CA, and raised in the small Oregon coast town of Tillamook. He went to the University of Oregon and graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. After graduating, Tom worked as newspaper and wire service reporter in Oregon and Washington, D.C. Since leaving journalism, Tom has been a public affairs director for a state-owned insurance company and the press secretary for one of Oregon s governors. He has also served as state communications director for a United States senator. He currently holds position of interim communications director for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He lives in Portland, OR, with his partner best friend, Dinah Adkins.