Castro City Glenn Palmedo-Smith

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Published: July 7th 2013

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210 pages


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Castro City  by  Glenn Palmedo-Smith

Castro City by Glenn Palmedo-Smith
July 7th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 210 pages | ISBN: | 3.47 Mb

Underbelly of Silicon ValleyThe year is 1967: Californias love and peace movement meets machismo and Dixie Peach resistance. In Mountain View, the heart of the computer-age miracle yet to come, a washed-up private investigator continues in aMoreUnderbelly of Silicon ValleyThe year is 1967: Californias love and peace movement meets machismo and Dixie Peach resistance.

In Mountain View, the heart of the computer-age miracle yet to come, a washed-up private investigator continues in a downhill blur of tobacco, cheap women and spent whiskey. A nose for criminal behavior is wasted on trivial matters: petty theft, wayward spouses and anything involving the Mexican shantytown called Castro City, a city within a city. His home? A leather couch in a disheveled office above the Town Club Tavern on Castro Street.Initially, the private dick gig was to put the hurt on the gringo, but now Manny Valdez finds himself the white man’s benevolent servant.

He’s a widower, and his only daughter lives with her grandmother in the same squalid hovel he grew up in. The family shack is across the street from the mysterious mansion belonging to the Castros, once wealthy recipients of a sizable Mexican land grant in the 1800s. At one time, nearly 9,000 acres, all of todays Silicon Valley, was part of this empire. Now the decaying mansion and Castro City are the last remnants of this bygone era.By any measure, Manny and the sole remaining Castro, an aging matriarch living alone in the mansion, are dismal failures. However, salvation arrives for Manny when Bernard Balsford, a distinguished lawyer with massive real estate holdings, hires him to find his missing daughter, who’s “Run off with a certain spic, er, Mexican, Chicano, Latino or whatever else you people call yourselves these days.”Manny gladly accepts the easy assignment, only to find himself immersed in an underworld greaser scene, a growing hippie movement, San Francisco’s sordid drug cartel, Bay Area biker gangs, kidnappers and murder.

His case, his future, the Castro family legacy and the white man’s insatiable greed are set for collision. Castro City will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a story of one man’s redemption, his people and the Bay Area’s illustrious past.



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