By Leonardo Padura
“A marvelous novel. Haunted through the tragic tale and keenness of its characters.”—Magazine Littéraire
The first of the Havana quartet that includes Inspector Mario Conde, a tropical Marlowe. a tender transvestite in a gorgeous pink costume is located strangled in a Havana park. Conde’s research right into a violent homicide exposes a stifling, corrupt society, a Cuban fact the place not anything is what it sort of feels. a gloomy and interesting global of guys and ladies born within the revolution who reside with no dreaming of exile and search their identification in the course of disaster.
Leonardo Padura lives in Cuba. he's a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Red has gained a variety of literary prizes, together with the Hammett prize in Spain.
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Compliment for the Havana Quartet:
“Havana pink, one other winner from sour Lemon Press. ”—The big apple Times
“Overlaid with a wealthy smoky patina, an environment that reeks of slums and riches, cigar smoke and unique perfumes. ”—The Independent
“Talk approximately unforeseen discoveries, the Havana Quartet is a revelation. With a nod to Key Largo and a digital bow to The Maltese Falcon, those novels are finally in regards to the redemptive nature of timeless friendship and the possibly damaging nature of timeless love. ”—The Atlantic Monthly
“Drenched with that beguiling otherness so beautiful to enthusiasts of mysteries of alternative cultures, it is going to additionally attract those that have fun with the sultry lyricism of James Lee Burke. ”—Booklist
The fourth name of the prize-winning Havana Quartet.
Twenty-four-year-old Lissette Delgado used to be crushed, raped, after which strangled with a towel. Marijuana is located in her condominium and her cloth wardrobe is suspiciously past the technique of a highschool instructor. Lieutenant Conde is stressed through “the optimum authority” to finish this research fast whilst probability leads him into the fingers of a pretty redhead, a saxophone participant who stocks his love for jazz and scuffling with fi sh.
This is a Havana of crumbling, grand structures, secrets and techniques hidden at the back of light doorways, and corruption. For an writer residing in Cuba, Leonardo Padura is remarkably outspoken concerning the failings of Fidel Castro’s regime. but this can be a eulogy of Cuba, its lifetime of song, intercourse, and the good friendships of these who elected to stick and struggle for survival.
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I think he’s got guts,” he answered, looking at his chief. Then he changed his tone, as though the statement, in retrospect, had been too strong for him. ” “I thought he said he didn’t like to examine bodies,” Gillespie interjected. “I took that to mean that he didn’t like homicides,” Sam replied. ” The conversation was interrupted when Virgil Tibbs appeared in the doorway. ” Gillespie answered immediately. ” Tibbs nodded and disappeared. “There’s no soap or towels down there,” Sam reminded Gillespie.
I believe you know a Mr. ” Sam knew it wasn’t good, but he had started now, and couldn’t retreat. “Yes, we know Maestro Mantoli very well. ” Sam reached up and removed his uniform cap, ashamed that he had forgotten to do so until now. “Yes and no, Mr. ” Sam flushed. There was nothing for it now but to state the facts. ” Endicott rested his hand for a moment on the back of a chair and then sank into it, his eyes focused far away. “Enrico dead. ” Sam stood awkwardly still and waited for Endicott to recover himself.
I’ll escort Miss Mantoli,” he announced firmly. “Thank you,” Grace Endicott replied. Sam held the door open so that the girl could walk outside. Without speaking, Duena Mantoli led the way around the house and to the beginning of a little footpath on the opposite side from the entrance drive. It led down the hillside at a gentle angle for two or three hundred feet and ended at a little roofed lookout platform which Sam had not known was there. It was set in an indentation in the hillside so that it was screened from above and both sides, with a bench seat built at its rear so that anyone who wished to could sit there unobserved and look out over the Great Smokies.