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"Devil Eye is a very well-written novel, and it kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last.

I enjoyed the adventure, and look forward to enjoying many more from this exciting author. She has kept it rated general audience so it can be enjoyed by all ages. The book is entertaining, descriptive, exciting, and suspenseful, along with being well edited and a joy to read. I gave it a very well deserved “A” on my tight grading scale and recommend it to one and all. Pick it up and try it, you will not put it down."     William Phenn for Blog Critics

" Rebecca Jean Downey probably has several more novels that will include the growingly recognizable character of Penny Larkin (feels like a film/s is in the offing) as she lives in El Paso, Texas (which meets Mexico at the fence!) and is directly in the line of action with the border crime and problems. But in whatever direction she decides to move, she is a writer

of skill to follow."


Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer, Dr. Grady Harp,   March 14, 2014


Rebecca Jean Downey has a way of pulling you into her stories. You don't want to put the book down until you make sure her characters survive!  She graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism, and has had a life long fascination with the law. She read Sherlock Holmes in elementary school, and has devoured hundreds of mystery novels over her lifetime.  She finally realized that her home in El Paso, Texas was a perfect backdrop for sharing the haunting and sometimes horrifying headlines generated on the U.S.-Mexico border.

During Rebecca’s first job as a newspaper reporter, she was assigned to cover law enforcement agencies and the courts.  With the help of two judges and area law enforcement officers, Rebecca garnered the expertise to cover criminal justice issues.  Since then, Rebecca has free-lanced for national law enforcement publications. In 2002, she was fortunate to gain access to Harley Lappin, the warden of the U.S. Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana when Timothy McVeigh was executed. 


More about Rebecca's Books

The inspiration for her first novel, The Middle Eye, came from her interview with the late El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego, who allowed her to tour both county jails and opened her eyes to the law enforcement challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border.

During her research for the book, Rebecca was horrified to learn that 20,000 children go missing every year in Mexico, and that half of those wind up victims of child trafficking across the U.S. border. Rebecca Jean Downey hopes to encourage greater dialogue among her readers about this growing travesty.


Her second novel, Devil Eye, was released by Tate Publishing on March 4, 2014.  In Devil Eye, Rebecca deals with gun trafficking and also calls attention to the thousands of young men on both sides of the border who don't have an education or any job training. This idleness is leading our youth to lives of crime and hopelessness.  


Rebecca is currently working on her third novel, Unbridled Eye, during which protagonist Penny Larkin investigates the world of horse racing.

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