Lady Justice has a long memory as FBI analyst Jake Bernstein investigates a suspected Nazi spy wanted for war crimes.
A BODYGUARD OF LIES is a riveting blend of romantic thriller, mystery and WWII espionage. A Jewish-American FBI analyst, Jake Bernstein, is recruited by MI-5 to go undercover and investigate a naturalized American grandmother. The elderly woman is suspected by MI-5 of being a notorious Nazi spy wanted for war crimes. Jake Bernstein runs into a series of complications: This spy knows a secret that could endanger the British royal family; his attraction to the old woman’s beautiful granddaughter; an Irish, neo-Nazi group tries to kill him; and all the while, a clever, cagey old woman stands in the way of justice.
Interviewed by author Sandra Lopez, author of ESPERANZA and BEYOND THE GARDENS:
Q. First of all, can you give me the back summary for the novel?
A. HASTA LA VISTA, BABY is about a forty-something artist whose handsome but narcissistic husband dumps her for his younger, pregnant girlfriend. From the shock of that, and the resulting nervous breakdown she experiences, Sonya begins a journey of learning and self-exploration. Blind to everything but beauty, Sonya is a classic "denier" of truth and reality. When she's forced to wake up and wise up, she does so reluctantly. Her best male friend, Scott, helps her on her journey. That he is also the younger brother of her soon-to-be-ex husband makes this journey both difficult and rewarding.
Q. What inspired this story?
A. Actually, I think it was hearing about the divorces of my girlfriends that inspired it. Denial played a dominant role in their poor choices, too.
Q. What sort of adventures will Sonya get into during her path of self-discovery?
A. She's a homebody with a strong work ethic, but lets down her hair a bit after her nervous breakdown. She learns to safeguard herself when she meets two single men, who are interested in partying only. That she realizes how unsuitable they are is a boost in her learning curve.
Q. Will Sonya be looking back to the life she could've had if she never married Earl?
A. No, Sony never looks back. She lives too much in the present and with her art.
Q. Is this story a collection of lessons/tips for the single gal? How so?
A. In a way, I suppose. The way Sonya learns to look at a man's character, not just his beauty, is a lesson every woman should learn before she says, "I do."
Q. Do you feel this story is an inspiration to young Latinas?
A. I hope it inspires all women who read it.
Q. I think it was funny how the announcement of Sonya's divorce occurred at a family BBQ. What inspired this scene?
A. It struck me that this would be both humorous and terrible, comical and yet humiliating, especially after what transpires.
Q. Can you, the author, recall a good Family BBQ moment?
Many good ones, fortunately. Never like the one that Sonya has to live through, thank God! I think every novelist begins to create a story by asking the question, What if ...?