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Bloody Secrets
     

Bloody Secrets

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by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
 

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Miami P.I. Lupe Solano has been called "funny, sexy, and Miami-smart" by Nelson DeMille, and "an absolute joy" by The Miami Herald. Now the celebrated sleuth returns. In a sweeping story that takes readers from the last days of Batista's Havana, to the Guantanamo Bay refugee camp, to Miami's high society, Lupe takes the case of a balsero-a refugee who escaped Cuba by

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Miami P.I. Lupe Solano has been called "funny, sexy, and Miami-smart" by Nelson DeMille, and "an absolute joy" by The Miami Herald. Now the celebrated sleuth returns. In a sweeping story that takes readers from the last days of Batista's Havana, to the Guantanamo Bay refugee camp, to Miami's high society, Lupe takes the case of a balsero-a refugee who escaped Cuba by raft. Luis is a drifter living in a flophouse, but he claims Miami's most prominent Cuban couple has robbed his family and arranged for his murder. Lupe is instantly drawn to Luis, and his sense of honor. But the case becomes troubling when innocent people are killed and when her feelings for her client become more than professional. A page-turning mystery, a remarkable glimpse into the lives of all strata of Cuban-American society, and a fascinating look into the moral quandaries an investigator faces, Bloody Secrets is Garcia-Aguilera's boldest achievement yet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A sensuous PI, the electric city of Miami, a volatile Cuban exile communityall are vital elements in the third appearance (after Bloody Shame, 1997) of Lupe Solano. Luis Delgado, a handsome, self-possessed Cuban refugee, has come to Solano Investigations with a story that arouses Lupe's deepest skepticism. He accuses the prominent de la Torre family, long known in Miami for their philanthropy and dedication to the arts, of defrauding his family of $2 million, having fled Cuba in 1958 with their combined fortunes while the Delgados failed to escape. In the 26 years before Luis was able to flee the island for Miami, his father died in prison and the de la Torres grew rich and fat on money that was not theirs. To top it all off, according to Luis, when he came to claim his family's share of the money, the de la Torres hired a hit man to kill him. Wary of his story yet physically attracted to him (not an unusual occurrence), Lupe agrees to investigate the respected and powerful de la Torres and puts into play a scheme carried out by a cadre of shrewd and loyal assistants. But soon one of them is strangled with a piano wire while on surveillance. Complex issues of revenge and betrayal within the exile community are played out against the glittering background of South Beach and at well-mannered and guarded society events. Corruption reaches everyoneeven into Lupe's own family. With sharp-edged characters and some profound probing of moral ambiguities, the latest Lupe Solano tale is suspenseful, provocative and satisfying. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Despite the tacit disapproval of her body- and health-conscious cousin and co-worker, Cuban American investigator Lupe Solano, last seen in Bloody Shame (LJ 2/1/97), takes a case involving a raft refugee from Cuba. Aristocratic Luis Delgado's long-dead parents sent part of their wealth to Miami with friends when Castro took over, but when Luis claims the money, the now-prominent "friends" try to erase the debt by hiring a hit man. Lupe treads carefully, both because of the family's influence and because she finds her client attractive. Lupe's energetic lifestyle, her fascinating friends, and the author's fluid segues make this an essential purchase.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399143861
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/02/1998
Series:
Lupe Solano Series , #3
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.96(d)

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Bloody Secrets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down and loved learning about more of the culture in Miami. Want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago