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Filipino American Jay hasn't seen his Filipino cousin, Jun, in years. They used to keep in touch through letters, but life got in the way and Jay stopped responding. Now Jun is dead and his family does not want to talk about it. In search of answers, Jay travels to the Philippines where his family is from. There he learns about President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs.

Randy Ribay sheds light on an issue that is going on in the Philippines that many outside of the country are unaware of, Duterte's ruthless mission to clear his country of drugs no matter the cost. Patron Saints is informative and engrossing. The reader can feel Jay's hurt and regret. Often when someone is killed, we are left with the why and the truth to find it can be messy. This story takes the reader on Jay's journey to find the "why" in Jun's death.