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Soto, Penelope

Appears in Salvation in Death; (c. May 2060)[1]

Personal InformationEdit

  • General Description: She had black and magenta hair and improbably large breasts on a bony build—man-made breasts, Eve concluded. Junk-made build.[2]
  • Hair: Black and magenta
  • Relationships: Nick Soto (father)
  • Occupation: Bodega beside St. Cristóbal's

DescriptionEdit

  • She had ink-black hair streaked with magenta; her mouth was dyed a hard red; she wore gold hoops, wide enough to slide a burrito through, in her ears; and bracelets on her wrist.[3] She has a pointed shoulder and a bony hip.[4]
  • Her nails were painted as dark as her mouth, with the half-moons etched out in black. On her forearm rode the symbol of the Soldados, with the kill mark.[5] She swaggers.[6]

PersonalityEdit

  • She's hotheaded.[7]
  • Detective Stuben said she carried hate around in her; she didn't have to have a purpose to do something to someone.[8]
  • She has a reputation for sleeping with many.[9]
  • Eve said Penny has layers and layers of hard on her, slapped right over mean and possibly psychotic; and she's not very smart.[10]

HistoryEdit

  • She said her mother was useless, more interested in her next fix than Penny. More interested in that than stopping her father from raping her—she was twelve the first time. He slapped her around and told her to keep her mouth shut about it and, if she did, he wouldn't slap her around next time. He raped her for two years.[11]
  • She joined the Soldados when she was fourteen[12] and, when she was not yet fifteen, was made a lieutenant in the gang. There was dissension over the promotion, but Lino Martinez took him out with a pipe and let Penny "kick the shit out of him."[13]
  • Her mother OD'd years ago.[14]

Criminal HistoryEdit

  • She has a record for illegals—sale and possession, sexual solicitation without a license, and assault. She's recently off parole.[15]

Homicide InformationEdit

  • Victims
    • Nick Soto
    • She and Lino cut her father to pieces when she was fourteen. He was a known drug dealer and the police thought it was an illegals deal that went bad on him.[16] Joe Inez said she and Lino bragged about it all the time.[17]
      • Roarke said she did it for revenge, not for survival.[18]
    • Ronni Edwards
      • Lino, Steve Chávez, and Penny arrived at the dance after the boomer exploded and blamed it on the Skulls. Joe Inez overheard Penny and Lino talking about how they planted the bomb; he also heard Penny say that they should have used a bigger boomer.[19]
    • Quinto Turner
      • She helped plan the second bombing and pushed the button herself.[20]
    • Kobie Smith
      • She helped plan the second bombing and pushed the button herself.[21]
  • Conspiracy to murder and fraud
    • Lino Martinez[22]
      • Juanita Turner was given a toss-away 'link by Penny that she was supposed to throw away. She didn't and Penny's voice was recorded implicating herself in conspiracy to murder Lino.[23]
  • Accessory to murder after the fact
  • Penny thought the Clemency Order would protect her but she was incorrect.[27]

Interesting FactsEdit

  • Penny was Lino's girlfriend at the time Lino left at seventeen.[28] When Dallas first asked her about Lino, she lied and said she hadn't seen him since she was sixteen.[29] Later, she said she was fifteen when she last saw him.[30]
  • Dallas baited Penny, gripping and squeezing her arm, then moving to touch her again, when Penny slapped her hand away; when Peabody said she assaulted an officer, Penny became angry, shoved Dallas aside and tried to leave. Dallas said it was another assault, armed, and resisting, when Penny tried for her knife.[31] She was represented by Carlos Montoya.[32]
  • After Lino returned, while posing as Miguel Flores, Penny and Lino began a sexual relationship before she knew he was Lino; he told her later.[33] She said Lino loved her.[34]
  • Penny said that she and Rosita opened the bodega beside St. Cristóbal's at 6am on the morning Lino was murdered. They did the prep, and worked the breakfast counter for three hours straight. Penny took her break at 10am with Pep in the back room.[35]
  • She has been in contact with Mr. Feinburg, anticipating claiming the inheritance left behind by Ortega.[36]
  • When Dallas set up a sting for Penny, Penny attacked her, hacking out with a knife, catching her on the arm; Dallas took a kick to the hip, a scratch of Penny's fingernails across her jaw; and another blow here or there. Dallas had a bloody nose and arm after she knocked Penny out.[37]
    • Dallas used this to deal with Penny, reducing charges to get her to talk.[38]


References Edit

  1. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 43
  2. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 231
  3. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 231
  4. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 232, 346
  5. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 231
  6. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 232
  7. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 235
  8. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 251
  9. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 257
  10. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 274, 301
  11. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 247
  12. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 247
  13. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 253
  14. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 257
  15. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 208
  16. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 249, 272, 288
  17. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 324
  18. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 273
  19. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 321, 322, 348
  20. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 321, 322, 348
  21. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 321, 322, 348
  22. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 311
  23. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 335-337, 348
  24. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 311, 337, 347-349
  25. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 311, 337, 347-349
  26. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 347-349
  27. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 348, 349
  28. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 206
  29. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 232
  30. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 245
  31. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 233, 234, 271
  32. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 244
  33. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 246
  34. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 248
  35. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 248
  36. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 299, 300
  37. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 343, 344
  38. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 346

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