Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery

Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery

by Sarah Cortez
     
 

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Collection of first time short mystery fiction by Latino authors who have pioneered the genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods & realities. Contains both stylistically & ethnically diverse stories that run the gamut of the genre, from traditional to noir, private eye to police procedural, even chick lit.

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Collection of first time short mystery fiction by Latino authors who have pioneered the genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods & realities. Contains both stylistically & ethnically diverse stories that run the gamut of the genre, from traditional to noir, private eye to police procedural, even chick lit.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Billed as the first-ever anthology of mystery short stories by Latino authors, this volume will disappoint readers looking for fiction examining distinctively Latino themes. Of the 17 selections, the best is Edgar-finalist Manuel Ramos's "The Skull of Pancho Villa," a terse, twisty tale of theft purporting to tell the real story of the fate of that relic. A.E. Roman's smart-ass New York City PI, Chico Santana, gets a nice lead-in to his debut novel, Chinatown Angel (Reviews, Jan. 12), in a tale of revenge, "Under the Bridge." While Lucha Corpi's "Hollow Point at the Synapses" may be the first story told from the perspective of a bullet traveling from a sniper's rifle to the target's head, that novelty comes across more gimmicky than clever. Other contributors include such established writers in the genre as Mario Acevedo, Carolina García-Aguilera and Steve Torres. (Mar.)

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El Paso Times
Editors Sarah Cortez and Liz Martínez have succeeded in bringing together some of the best mystery fiction being written today . . . Suffice it to say that the stories in "Hit List" will engross, entertain and fully satisfy any lover of mystery fiction.
Mystery Scene Magazine
For a real shake-up, dive into Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, edited by Sarah Cortez and Liz Martinez (Arte Publico Press, University of Houston, $19.95). One of the best in this collection is also one of the shortest - Luca Corpi's startling "Hollow Point at the Synapses," written from the point of view of a bullet racing towards its female victim. Cold yet curious, the bullet doesn't understand the killer's motives until it hits its target, whereupon the bullet merges with the dying woman's brain, experiencing her entire life, and finally, the reason for her death. Utterly compelling, utterly heartless, this story is a true original. Also enjoyable is Arthur Munoz's "Made in China," where we view a marriage every bit as worn and chipped as the rose patterned serving dish the wife received as a gift 33 years earlier. And for history/conspiracy buffs, we get Manuel Ramos' intriguing "The Skull of Pancho Villa," wherein a not-too-ethical Gus Corral goes hunting for the mythical skull, which was supposed stolen from his family. Hit List is compiled of 17-genre-busting stories, some of them tender, some of them brutal, all of them offering an intriguing Latino slant on our favorite genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558855434
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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