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One former Miss Bolivia. Two missing Colombian drug dealers. Three wealthy tourists taken hostage.A passenger liner runs aground on the muddy banks of the Rio del Plata. One by one, its passengers are abducted by the city's criminal classes.As the kidnapping of three wealthy European couples sends stock markets yo-yoing, the job of solving the chaos falls on the weary shoulders of the last honest men in town--Deputy Inspector Walter Carroza of the serious-crime squad.But the one thing on his mind is former Miss Bolivia, Ana Torrente, "a cherub with tropical lips and tits". Why is it that the bodies of the men who try to take her to bed are always found minus a head?Devilishly ironic and shirt-soakingly atmospheric, Holy City confirms Orsi as the master chronicler of Buenos Aires' murderous underworld.
When José Saramago decided some twenty years ago to write a book about Portugal, his only desire was that it be unlike all other books on the subject, and in this he has certainly succeeded. Recording the events and observations of a journey across the length and breadth of the country he loves dearly, Saramago brings Portugal to life as only a writer of his brilliance can. Forfeiting sources of information such as tourist guides and road maps, he scours the country with the eyes and ears of an observer fascinated by the ancient myths and history of his people. Whether an inaccessible medieval fortress set on a cliff, a wayside chapel thick with cobwebs, or a grand mansion in the city, the extraordinary places of this land come alive with kings, warriors, painters, explorers, writers, saints, and sinners. Always meticulously attentive to those elements of ancient Portugal that persist today, Saramago examines the country in its current period of rapid transition and growth. Infused with the tenderness and intelligence that have become familiar to his readers, Saramago's Journey to Portugal is an ode of love for a country and its rich traditions.
This gripping detective thriller set in a fascinating but corrupt country has all the drama, passion and tenderness of the Argentinian tango.It is December 2001, and Argentina is in economic meltdown. While the country wallows in corruption, cynicism and indifference, Gotán, an ex-cop from the Federal Police, lives in the past. He cannot forget the beguiling woman who briefly set alight his life--she disappeared as soon as he revealed he had worked for the "National Shame".Gotán is called urgently late one night to a friend's coastal retreat. He arrives too late: his friend is dead and his girlfriend has vanished. Using all his resources to find the girl, Gotán finds himself embroiled in a plot that goes to the heart of Argentina itself. Though no longer part of the force, Gotán is still a cop by nature. But his is a dangerous undertaking: after all, no one loves a policeman.
Acknowledged as one of the great Latin American writers of this century, Juan Carlos Onetti was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1909. For many years he worked as a journalist in Buenos Aires.
Only Pepe Carvalho could use a tattoo saying "Born to Raise Hell in Hell" as evidence that the police are, once again, dead wrongIn a Spain still stifled under the rule of Franco, former CIA operative--and former Communist--Pepe Carvalho has become so cynical he seems to care about nothing except food and sex. He's even taken to burning the occasional book in his Barcelona apartment, just so he can have a fire going in the fireplace when he eats some bacalhao.But when he sees the cops bungling a case he's hired to investigate--that of a body pulled out of the sea--he's roused by a sense of injustice. The cops think the murder was connected to local drug dealers and brothels, and they begin raiding bars and harassing Barcelona's women of the night. But Carvalho's gut tells him something else is going on, and the cops are wrong once again. As the cops stir up more and more trouble, and Carvalho gets more and more entwined, he's only got one clue: a tattoo on the dead man's body, one which reads: "Born to Raise Hell in Hell."From the Trade Paperback edition.
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