extreme vetting

Coming this February is an engrossing thriller centered on an immigration lawyer and the clients she advocates for by Romanian immigrant and debut author Roxana Arama. Set in Seattle during a snowy winter, EXTREME VETTING (Ooligan Press, Feb. 7) weaves an intricate tale of crime, corruption, and the struggles immigrants have in building a home in a new land. 

In Seattle in 2019, Romanian immigrant Laura Holban is an attorney and single mom helping clients to jump through the never-ending and always changing hoops of the American immigration system, knowing a burned-out judge can make a decision that will alter the course of someone’s life in just a moment. Emilio Ramirez, who was arrested in front of his sons at their high school and placed in detention, is her newest client.

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After Laura files for Emilio’s asylum, the world turns upside down. Emilio’s release is prevented with bogus criminal charges, his family is being stalked, and an ICE prosecutor threatens Laura’s own US citizenship. Soon, Laura uncovers a deadly conspiracy involving ICE, stolen data, and human trafficking that start bringing all the puzzle pieces together. The ringleader has turned his sights on Laura and Emilio, who must find a way out of this conspiracy – not just for themselves, but for their families.