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Christopher Valen's debut novel "White Tombs" was released in 2008 to rave reviews. Submitted photo

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Colombian-born Detective John Santana from St. Paul is hot on the trail of an assassin who killed two prominent leaders of St. Paul's Hispanic community -- the owner of the largest Hispanic newspaper in the Midwest and a prominent immigration lawyer, both of whom were born in Mexico.

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This is the setup for "White Tombs," the debut novel from Woodbury author Christopher Valen, who's real name is Jerry Peterson.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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