Tequila Blue

Tequila Blue

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by Rolo Diez
     
 

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“Both a scathing and picaresque comedy, a biting and spicy concoction. Just like tequila.”—Le Monde

It’s not easy being a cop in Mexico City. Meet Carlito, a police detective with a complicated life. A wife, a mistress, children by both. He resorts to money laundering and arms dealing to finance his police activity. The money for justice

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“Both a scathing and picaresque comedy, a biting and spicy concoction. Just like tequila.”—Le Monde

It’s not easy being a cop in Mexico City. Meet Carlito, a police detective with a complicated life. A wife, a mistress, children by both. He resorts to money laundering and arms dealing to finance his police activity. The money for justice must be found somewhere.

The corpse in the hotel room is that of a gringo with a weakness for blue movies. Carlito’s maverick investigation leads him into a labyrinth of gang wars and corrupt politicians.

Rolo Diez, born in Argentina, was imprisoned for two years during the military dictatorship. He now lives in Mexico City, where he works as a novelist and screenwriter.

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Publishers Weekly
Mexico City cop Carlos Hernandez has a wife, a mistress and a new girlfriend waiting behind every door in Rolo Diez's fine homage to the noir novels of old, Tequila Blue (1992), translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor. Though he has to supplement his minuscule paycheck with some private crime-gun running, money laundering, the odd drug deal-Carlos values the idea of justice highly. When a foreign visitor with a taste for blue movies starring Mexican teenage girls is murdered in his hotel room, Carlos puts all his energies into trying to track down the killer. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904738046
Publisher:
Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Rolo Diez, born in Argentina in 1940, was imprisoned for two years during the military dictatorship and forced into exile. He now lives in Mexico City, where he works as a novelist, screen-writer and journalist. A number of his novels have been published in Spain, France and Germany. Rolo Diez was awarded the Hammett prize for best crime novel in Spanish in 1985, and won the Umbriel Prize at the Semana Negra festival of crime fiction in Spain in 2003. This is the first time he is published in English.

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Tequila Blue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Mexico City Police Detective Carlos ¿Carlito¿ Hernandez needs cash quick to shut up his nagging wife Lourdes who points out that they have not paid the school fees for their children. He has avoided his mistress Gloria for four days because he has no money to help her and her family; besides which she behaves like a Lourdes¿ clone. Finally at the office, the chief¿s secretary Maribel demands the office contribution while enjoying asides with Carlito though she detests having the room bill dumped on her. To maintain his two families¿ lifestyle and continue his law enforcement career, Carlito supplements his income selling Columbian for the Police Chief, laundering money and vending arms.--- Carlito goes to the Malibu Hotel to investigate the homicide of an American Jones. The hotel clerk says a blond woman went upstairs with Jones, but later a blond man paid the room bill while the victim¿s Columbian wife acts the soap opera version of the grieving widow. Though pressed to drop the inquiries, Carlito ignores political pressure and danger from gangs to dig deeper into a seedy underbelly that makes his side activities so Disney-like innocent (just ask Snow White).--- This is a terrific Mexican police procedural starring a wonderful protagonist whose personal lives interfere with his professional life. Rolo Diez (ably translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor) satirically bushwhacks the value venders through his hero, who works the system with capitalist deals to make ends meet in his varying social spheres. The cleverly designed who-done-it and several sidebars bring a perspective of Mexico that the tourist bureau would want hidden from view as Carlito follows the clues while earning a living anyway he can.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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