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Needle in a Haystack (An Inspector Lascano Mystery&hellip by Ernesto Mallo
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Set against the Argentine military junta's brutal Dirty War against "subversives" in its own population, this is one of those tales of a good cop in a corrupt system. While Perro Lascano investigates a double/triple murder (which he eventually solves with unsatisfactory ease), the junta abducts and murders dozens of people throughout the book.
Lascano is one of those tormented cops who feature in many crime novels; he grieves for his dead wife. One of the plot's more unlikely turns is when Lascano raids a brothel and discovers a revolutionary prostitute who happens to be the exact double of his wife.
Mallo adopts a strange stylistic device; all dialogue is presented as… Read more
Pago Pago Tango (Jungle Beat Mystery) by John Enright
I chose to read this crime novel primarily because of its unusual setting, American Samoa. One of the delights of crime fiction, let's be honest, is for the opportunity it gives us to experience other countries and cultures in the context of a good mystery. It was not difficult to guess where the story was going, but the greatest pleasure of this book is the historical and social detail it provides about a part of the world that is unknown for most readers. Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua is a welcome change from the buttoned-up policemen who people much crime fiction.
A Death in Tuscany (Michele Ferrara: Book 2) by Michele Giuttari
3.0 out of 5 stars Work in progress, 18 Jan 2013
Giuttari was still developing his writing skills with this book. There is too much background explanation instead of letting the story develop. But the series is worth persevering with. Recommended if you like Montelbano or other Italian detectives.