The Bus to Beulah

A Novel

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Pub Date 10 May 2022 | Archive Date 01 May 2022

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On her way to a new job in America, Maria Puente accidentally discovers a human trafficking ring. Fearing exposure, the American company that manages the operation—with the help of their Mexican partners—kidnaps Maria.

Maria’s disappearance triggers a desperate search, by her family and local law enforcement, to find her before the kidnappers can permanently dispose of her. As the investigation unfolds, long-time Hogg County high sheriff Will Moser confronts Albert Waters, a powerful businessman who Will suspects knows about Maria’s disappearance—but Albert and his Mexican cartel partners prove to be brick walls.

At the urging of his wife, Lana, Will calls on Elijah Kahn, a man he got to know while serving in Vietnam who now runs one of the largest international security firms in the world. The idea of working with men who are rightly known as mercenaries troubles Will, but he knows he’ll never find Maria without Elijah’s help—and when Lana reminds Will of the debt they owe to Tomas Delgado, Maria’s uncle, his hesitation evaporates.

Organized in an hour-by-hour structure, The Bus to Beulah is a taut thriller that culminates in a massive, heatrt-pounding chase to save Maria—before she disappears forever.

On her way to a new job in America, Maria Puente accidentally discovers a human trafficking ring. Fearing exposure, the American company that manages the operation—with the help of their Mexican...


Advance Praise

“Bus to Beulah takes us on a fast and furious ride through some of America's toughest territory—straight into border problems, trafficking, and drug cartels—and features a Dickensian cast of characters swirling around the kidnapped Maria through eleven tense days. Topical, timely, terrifying. I read it one sitting.”

—Lee Smith, best-selling author and winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the O’Henry Award, and Mercer University’s Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature


“In The Bus to Beulah, Redge Hanes skillfully zeroes in on what happens when our byzantine immigration laws, the powerful farmers’ lobby. and local politics collide in bucolic North Carolina. In Billy Bowater, Hanes explored his state’s political jungle. Here, a local sheriff investigates the disappearance of a young woman and finds exploitative conditions that allow a human and drug trafficking network to set up shop.”

—Howell Raines, former executive editor of The New York Times

“Bus to Beulah takes us on a fast and furious ride through some of America's toughest territory—straight into border problems, trafficking, and drug cartels—and features a Dickensian cast of...


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