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An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

“After all what self-respecting film noir detective would share an office with a sewer expert, an upholsterer, and a plumber?” While An Easy Thing is not the first novel from author Paco Ignacio Taibo II to feature PI Hector Belascoaran … Continue reading

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Frontera Dreams by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

“Out here the narcos have us all on the payroll.” Mexican author Paco Ignacio Taibo’s intriguing novels featuring private detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne have deservedly gained a following in America. Frontera Dreams, which according to the author is number 7 … Continue reading

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Some Clouds by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

“Hector, who didn’t believe in logical thinking, hadn’t even brought a notebook. He just sat and listened. Waiting for something. Waiting to know where to start, a street, a corner. Something to lead him into other people’s lives, other people’s … Continue reading

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Return to the Same City by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

“You start with an arms deal for the CIA and finish it for a group of Puerto Rican, gangsters in New Jersey. You sell a lot of shit to the Colombians, and you end up building a company to sell … Continue reading

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The Uncomfortable Dead by Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos

“But he did not believe in the innate evil of politicians; he believed that if you became one for too long you end up turning into a prick, and that having power too long creates an obsession with power, and … Continue reading

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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

“It again occurred to Wallander that a change was taking place in Sweden.” A friend sent me Faceless Killers, the first Kurt Wallander mystery from Swedish author Henning Mankell. Mankell is poised to become much more widely read in North America … Continue reading

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