Verdict in the desert

A legal trip to the deepest Arizona in the 1950s.

In the summer of 1959 in Arizona, Michael Shaw, an alcoholic lawyer struggling with his reputation as one of the best attorneys, is assigned to represent María Sánchez Curry in the bloody murder of her husband.

On the other hand, Toni García is a young Chicano girl who has no professional future in the state due to her latino origins in spite of her education and intellect. Desperate for work, she accepts a position as the defendant’s interpreter.

María Sánchez and Ben Curry, her husband, were a well-known couple at local bars, where they used to get drunk and fight. Even though María acted in self-defense, the killing of a white man by a Mexican woman is not permissible in a time when women still live subjugated to men.


RELEVANT DATA: Verdict in the Desert was one of the Latina Book Club Books of the Year.

This work explores one of the most conservative states of the US, going deep in controversial topics such as racism, class inequality or alcoholism.

Santos is an author that has won numerous awards not only for her professional career as a journalist, but also for her literary repertoire. Some of them are the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award and the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Her scripts have been recognized by MORE Women in Film, Screenwriting Expo 5, Women in Film las Vegas, The Phoenix Film Festival Contest, Reel Women of the West, Idaho Writers Guild and Cinestory.

Patricia Santos Marcantonio is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Idaho Writers Guild.


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.


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