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Cuban-born PI Lupe Solano is coerced by an old friend and sometime lover, criminal defense attorney Tommy McDonald, to investigate what appears to be an open-and-shut case of self-defense. A prosperous Cuban-American merchant claims he shot a Cuban rafter when the man attempted to rob his shop. At the same time, Lupe's closest friend, Margarita, dies in a car accident on her way to reveal important information to Lupe. Are the two events related? Lupe has a hunch they are. ...
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Overview

Cuban-born PI Lupe Solano is coerced by an old friend and sometime lover, criminal defense attorney Tommy McDonald, to investigate what appears to be an open-and-shut case of self-defense. A prosperous Cuban-American merchant claims he shot a Cuban rafter when the man attempted to rob his shop. At the same time, Lupe's closest friend, Margarita, dies in a car accident on her way to reveal important information to Lupe. Are the two events related? Lupe has a hunch they are.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"What a soap opera," says lawyer Tommy McDonald when, near the end of this story, he hears Miami PI Lupe Solano explain why the police should release jeweler Alonso Arango Sr., Tommy's client, who is being held for the shooting death of Gustavo Gaston. Tommy's assessment is generous-soap opera fans take more interest in characters and their doings than can be mustered for the folks here. Arango claims self-defense, saying Gaston attacked him with a knife which, oddly, vanished from the crime scene. Lupe cares about this only because her friend Margarita Vidal intimated that she had intriguing information on Arango-and died in a car accident before revealing it. Since Margarita was even dearer than a really good manicure (and that's dear indeed), Lupe, the quintessential Cuban-American princess, tries to sift the truth from the misinformation and outright lies supplied by Arango's obnoxious relatives and loyal employees. Lupe's concern escalates when she realizes that her Mercedes is being professionally tailed-and when the missing knife shows up embedded in another member of the Arango circle. Garcia-Aguilera creates momentum more from the quantity of suspects than from their quality. Worse, Lupe, who debuted encouragingly in Bloody Waters, rather than evolving into a complex character, is morphing into a banal admirer of luxury consumer goods. Mystery Guild alternate. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
A second foray into the world of Cuban Miami with p.i. Lupe Solano (Bloody Waters, 1996), this time working on an assignment from sometime lover Tommy McDonald. McDonald is the lawyer representing Alonso Arango Sr., owner of Optima Jewelers in Coral Gables, who admits to shooting would-be robber Gustavo Gaston six times as Gaston came at him with a knife in the store's back office. The knife, however, is nowhere to be found, and six shots seem excessive. McDonald's plea of self-defense for his client is in jeopardy, and Lupe is asked to do background research. The store employs three salespeople, a bookkeeper, and a part-time cleaner, all of who disclaim any knowledge of Gustavo Gaston. So, too, does Arango's family—his wife Isabel and three grown sons. Lupe has a personal stake in this case, having recovered a phone message from her dearest friend Margarita, a decorator working on the Arango residence, only after Margarita's fatal car accident, telling Lupe that she has information about the case. As it turns out, almost everyone involved has something to hide. Before the close, the body count has furiously escalated and Lupe has been tailed, threatened, kidnapped, and herself almost killed. She comes through with the goods, of course—fortified throughout by lots of fine food, good liquor, and an occasional bout of lovemaking.

A free-spirited heroine, some wry humor, and an insider's look at an unfamiliar milieu are pluses here. But the chaotic plot, with its excess of paper-thin characters, may lose readers long before the finish.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425161401
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Lupe Solano Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    Latina Mystery Writer on the Rise!

    If you love mysteries, you'll love this one. I picked up her book by chance and fell in love. Her Cuban American PI, Lupe Solano, is someone who all Latinos can identify with. Solano is funny, smart, and level-headed and did I mention funny? As a Cuban American I did identify with the character, she was very believeable, right down to the cafe Cubano.

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