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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

This is a strong historical that looks deeply at how society failed to protect its citizens

In 1976 in Buenos Aires, Police Superintendent "Perro" Lascano investigates a double homicide. When he arrives at the crime scene, he finds three corpses. Two of the bodies are dressed similar in jeans and polo neck shirts and have numerous bullet wounds, which is evi...
In 1976 in Buenos Aires, Police Superintendent "Perro" Lascano investigates a double homicide. When he arrives at the crime scene, he finds three corpses. Two of the bodies are dressed similar in jeans and polo neck shirts and have numerous bullet wounds, which is evidence that the Junta death squad executed the pair as they share responsibility in case of accountability. The third dead person is different as he is much older and wears a suit and tie; however, the biggest difference is he has one bullet wound. The cop is unauthorized to look into the political killings of the jean wearers as that is disallowed but he can investigate the dead suit.

Lascano meets Eva, a dissident running from the Army. She looks like his late wife Marisa, who died in a car accident. He conceals Eva who gives him a reason to live as he has been despodent since Maria's death. Menwhile Lascano and his friend Fuseli the forensic pathologist identify the older victim as moneylender and Auschwitz survivor Elias Biterman. Lascano learns that Elias' younger brother Horacio introduced him to his decadent friend Amancio. The lender lent money to Amancio. Lascano thinks bankrupt Amancio is the killer or hired the killer, but needs to prove his assertion in a society in which no one seems to care.

Ernesto Mallo uses the official police investigation to focus on the atrocities and moral rationalizations of those in charge. Readers will need to make a slight adjustment to the unusual technique of first person dialogue with no identification as to the speaker; a metaphor of death squads. Once the audience adapts, the story line is fast-paced throughout especially the climax. This is a strong historical that look s deeply at how society failed to protect its citizens especially the young.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 19, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Horrendous dialogue

The dialogue style alone ruins this book. You don't know how is speaking because the author crams it into one long paragraph. No breaks or quotations. It's written in italics with one sentence after another so you're always wondering who is speaking.

posted by Agent_Lance on December 2, 2011

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    This is a strong historical that looks deeply at how society failed to protect its citizens

    In 1976 in Buenos Aires, Police Superintendent "Perro" Lascano investigates a double homicide. When he arrives at the crime scene, he finds three corpses. Two of the bodies are dressed similar in jeans and polo neck shirts and have numerous bullet wounds, which is evidence that the Junta death squad executed the pair as they share responsibility in case of accountability. The third dead person is different as he is much older and wears a suit and tie; however, the biggest difference is he has one bullet wound. The cop is unauthorized to look into the political killings of the jean wearers as that is disallowed but he can investigate the dead suit.

    Lascano meets Eva, a dissident running from the Army. She looks like his late wife Marisa, who died in a car accident. He conceals Eva who gives him a reason to live as he has been despodent since Maria's death. Menwhile Lascano and his friend Fuseli the forensic pathologist identify the older victim as moneylender and Auschwitz survivor Elias Biterman. Lascano learns that Elias' younger brother Horacio introduced him to his decadent friend Amancio. The lender lent money to Amancio. Lascano thinks bankrupt Amancio is the killer or hired the killer, but needs to prove his assertion in a society in which no one seems to care.

    Ernesto Mallo uses the official police investigation to focus on the atrocities and moral rationalizations of those in charge. Readers will need to make a slight adjustment to the unusual technique of first person dialogue with no identification as to the speaker; a metaphor of death squads. Once the audience adapts, the story line is fast-paced throughout especially the climax. This is a strong historical that look s deeply at how society failed to protect its citizens especially the young.

    Harriet Klausner

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Horrendous dialogue

    The dialogue style alone ruins this book. You don't know how is speaking because the author crams it into one long paragraph. No breaks or quotations. It's written in italics with one sentence after another so you're always wondering who is speaking.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Maybe later...

    The first chapter was a chore to read. The dialog is writen with both speakers lines running into each other in italics so you do not know who is speaking. With each sentence, you have to try and decide who is speaking even though you do not yet know much about the characters.

    When I got to chapter 2, I was grateful the book was free and went looking for something else less confusing to read.

    That being said, the story seemed like it could be good, it's just the translation was a little stiff and you couldn't understand who was talking.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Very Interresting book

    I don't know much about Argentina so I was very happy to see this was the free offering this week. I found it was a good opportunity to review a topic that is rarely discussed in our faux news culture.

    Sadly I found the story line predictable and the jammed up dialog hard to follow. I will probably read the sequel more for the historical content than story

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    not recommended

    this book is OK if you like foreign intrigue in a country overwhelmed with corruption, but I found it difficult to get involved, rather boring, too wordy, depressing. I would not read anything else by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    OK

    Makes me thankful to live where I do and not there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

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    Not bad, but, not one I'd currently look for more of..

    As this is really not my passion in reading matter, it may not be fair for me to judge. However, as I am always open to test the waters on different genres, I try to give it a fair shot.

    The story line was ok, but the run-on conversation paragraphs required more attention to what was being said and by whom than I like to spend.

    Good luck to him in his future attempts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    An OK read!

    The book was OK , but seemed to have too many little stories within the big story. The author made it somewhat hard to follow by changing characters within the same sentence with no indication that the character was going to change.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

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    Interesting Book

    This is an interesting book with an insight to both human nature. Against a culture of corruption, it is the story of one man's struggle to do what is right. A good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Good story, but confusing

    This is a crime mystery set in 1979 Argentina. The police detective, "Perra" Lescano, is sent to investigate a double murder. When he got to the scene, though, there are three bodies. Two are obviously the work of the Junta death squads. The third led to an interesting and dangerous investigation.
    The basic story was good, but several points were distracting. When there was a dialogue, all of it was in italics and run together; it was difficult to know who said what. The timeline of the story jumped around a bit so that you weren't sure of when you are in the story. It does provide some insight into the history of Argentina.
    Once I got the dialogue system figured out, I did like the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Wasn't Able to Finish

    Didn't see any plot developing, very slow moving story. Wasn't able to stay with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Cumbersome style of writing

    Very slow to develop; conversations are lumped together into one italized mess.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    Highly Recommended for Reflective Murder Mystery Lovers

    Needle in a Haystack is so much more than a detective murder mystery. Lessons from Argentina's modern political history apply universally and form the backdrop of this book, which is more than genre fiction in both style and substance. The undesignated dialogues have a quality not unlike a Greed chorus, forcing the attentive observer to slow down and reflect not just on what is happening but why.

    While the story moves quickly, it contains so much more than just a fast thrill ride, and those who prefer reading for escape might want to try elsewhere. For those who are willing to take on brisk and choppy water, dive right in for an invigorating swim.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    AR

    Im going to check this on ar

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Needle

    I couldn't get into it. Seemed like it was going no where so put it in the archives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    I just couldn't connect.

    I thought this would be interesting taking place in Argentina but honestly I never felt a connection with any of the characters and finally gave up reading this 3/4 of the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Don't bother

    Can't even finish this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Hard to read

    Could not get into this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Translated from Argentinian Spanish

    The book was hard to follow at times. Not your feel good type ending

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