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The last Hector Belascoaran Shayne mystery from Paco Ignacio Taibo II ended with the one-eyed detective lying in the oily rain of Mexico City, his body perforated with bullets. Now the author of this hugely popular, highly political, endlessly inventive series of novels proves that no miracle is beyond his reach. Hector Belascoaran Shayne rises from the dead. He's a gun-carrying argonaut of Mexico City, city of strikes and pollution, "cemetery of dreams." He doesn't want to be alive, but he is, and when a woman ...
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Overview

The last Hector Belascoaran Shayne mystery from Paco Ignacio Taibo II ended with the one-eyed detective lying in the oily rain of Mexico City, his body perforated with bullets. Now the author of this hugely popular, highly political, endlessly inventive series of novels proves that no miracle is beyond his reach. Hector Belascoaran Shayne rises from the dead. He's a gun-carrying argonaut of Mexico City, city of strikes and pollution, "cemetery of dreams." He doesn't want to be alive, but he is, and when a woman tells him a sob story about her sister's death at the hands of a handsome rumba dancer in white patent leather shoes named Luke Estrella, Hector agrees to do something about him. In a Mexico City hotel the detective meets a battered, alcoholic gringo who's after the same man. On Acapulco Bay, nearly blinded by bikinied beauties, the detective shadows Estrella, who once owned porn shops in Cuba, cut off the hands of Che Guevara, and is now meeting with CIA operatives and a trafficker of stolen archeological treasures. Before Hector can decide whether he is pursuing Estrella or Estrella is pursuing him, he finds himself on a flight to Tijuana, for a confrontation with a killer.

"Regreso a la misma ciudad y bajo la lluvia (1989) is another Hâector Belascoarâan Shayne caper in the hilarious series of venality and violence as told by Mexico's favorite one-eyed detective in this wild, noir vision of Mexican reality. Dail's translation transmits the inventive dead-pan humor. No supplementary material beyond the jacket"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Exciting, reflective, and witty....Shayne is alive and back in business.
LA Times
A darkly amusing, yet disturbingly haunting tale.
Mostly Murder
The welcome renaissance of Belascoaran from Latin America's answer to Dashiell Hammett.
NY Times Book Review
Mordantly funny....With a formerly dead man to guide us, we begin to see what Mr. Taibo means when he refers to Mexico as the "terrain of surprising reality" where the grotesque is a natural part of life.
Toronto Globe and Mail
Like all of Taibo's best work, this story weaves politics, crime, sociology, and the marvelous history and mythology of Mexico into a tapestry rich with unforgettable characters.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taibo's novels about Mexico City detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne (No Happy Ending) are an addicting import. At first, their hard-boiled surrealistic flightsas if Garca Mrquez had been taking writing lessons from Dashiell Hammettcan strike a reader as excessive and glib, but soon they become part of a beguiling worldview in which everything, including crime and love, are elements in a cosmic joke. So you find here that Hector, left a bullet-riddled corpse in the rain in No Happy Ending, has been miraculously resurrected for another case. It involves a shadowy figure with several names, who seems to have caused the suicide of someone's sister and is being pursued by an alcoholic American reporter with sources in the CIA. Is the many-aliased Luke Estrella also involved in a guns-for-drugs Contra operation? Hector doesn't really care, but sets off in dogged pursuit anyway, to Acapulco, then Tijuana, finally bringing matters to a head in a hilarious climax involving several hired mariachi bands, armed to the teeth, in an empty warehouse. Don't forget the two ducks that live under Hector's bed, and how down he gets when he runs out of Coke. As noted, these tales are an easily acquired taste. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
It's tough enough returning from the dead—and Taibo's prefatory note blithely disclaims any knowledge of how Héctor Belascoarán Shayne survived the hail of bullets that apparently killed him at the unhappy end of No Happy Ending (1993)—without having to go back to punching a time clock, and Belascoarán is in no hurry to take the case foisted on him by a would-be client named Alicia. But Alicia is inventive and persistent, and at length Belascoarán agrees to shadow Luke Estrella, the Cuban who drove his wife, Alicia's sister Elena, to cocaine and early death. Joining forces with a gringo reporter, Belascoarán soon realizes that killing Elena is the least of Estrella's crimes, and certainly the most mundane of his adventures. Under various aliases, Estrella has cut the hands off the dead Che Guevara, fixed prices in the international cocaine trade, trafficked in arms for the Nicaraguan contras, hobnobbed with pornography publishers and archeological looters, and—together with a transnational corporate attorney and a loose-cannon CIA op—served as a judge for the Señorita Bikini Acapulco '88 competition. The story of how Belascoarán brings this cartoon monster of evil down with the help of an avenging mariachi band is an engaging pendant to his Héctorless epic Leonardo's Bicycle (1995).

Fans of Mexico City's greatest one-eyed detective will be overjoyed to find him not only alive and dyspeptic as ever but deeply smitten with his client: "How he loved her. She was the ideal woman for a suicide pact."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446405201
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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