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ISBN-10: 1912242176
ISBN-13: 9781912242177
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publish Date: 06/11/2019
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.00" W, 0.60" H

Grab a Snake by the Tail: A Murder in Havana’s Chinatown

Translator: Peter Bush

Paperback

Price: $14.95

Overview

Mario Conde investigates a murder in the Barrio Chino, the rundown Chinatown of Havana. Not his usual beat, but when Conde was asked to take the case by his colleague, the sultry, perfectly proportioned Lieutenant Patricia Chion, a frequent object of his nightly fantasies, he could n’t resist. The case proves to be unusual. Pedro Cuang, a lonely old man, is found hanging naked from a beam in the ceiling of his dingy room. One of his fingers has been amputated and a drawing of two arrows was engraved with a knife on his chest. Was this a ritual Santería killing or a just a sordid settling of accounts in a world of drug trafficking that began to infiltrate Cuban society in the 1980s? Soon Conde discovers unexpected connections, secret businesses and a history of misfortune, uprooting and loneliness that affected many immigrant families from China. As ever with Padura, the story is soaked in atmosphere: the drinking of rum in deliciously smoke-filled bars, the friendships, the food and beautiful women.

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Reviews

"Few contemporary writers understand noir as well as Padura, and far fewer convey Cuba with such grit and sensuality." Playboy

"Overlaid with a rich smoky patina, an atmosphere that reeks of slums and riches, cigar smoke and exotic perfumes. Havana Black is a strong tasting book, a rich feast of wit and feeling." Independent

"Drenched with that beguiling otherness so appealing to fans of mysteries of other cultures, Havana Blue will also appeal to those who appreciate the sultry lyricism of James Lee Burke. " Booklist

"...a magnificent Dickensian evocation of the city's street hassle; it takes in drug dealers, hookers, people queuing for pizza, newly-weds, the hotels and baseball fans, and captures the enthralling gloom of dimly lit, apocalyptic early-evening Havana.' Times Literary Supplement

"Havana Gold is a textured treat for those who like their detective fiction served long and lazy with a double shot of rum." Financial Times

"Conde's quest follows the basic rhythm of the whodunit, but Padura syncopates Havana Red with brilliant riffs on Cuban sex, society, religion, even food." Independent

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Details

ISBN-10: 1912242176
ISBN-13: 9781912242177
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publish Date: 06/11/2019
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.00" W, 0.60" H
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