The Beggar's Opera (Inspector Ramirez Series #1)

The Beggar's Opera (Inspector Ramirez Series #1)

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by Peggy Blair
     
 

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IN BEAUTIFUL, CRUMBLING OLD Havana, detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage. He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water, much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malecón.

For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit,

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IN BEAUTIFUL, CRUMBLING OLD Havana, detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage. He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water, much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malecón.

For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, arresting Ellis isn’t the problem—the law is. He has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving the island. And Ramirez has his own troubles. He’s dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother, an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of his unsolved cases. As he races against time, the dead haunt his every step. . . .

First in a new series featuring Inspector Ramirez, The Beggar’s Opera exposes the bureaucracy, corruption, and beauty of Hemingway’s Havana.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Decaying but beautiful Havana provides the atmospheric backdrop for Blair’s absorbing debut, the first in a series introducing Ricardo Ramirez, “the inspector in charge of the Havana Major Crime Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police.” When a boy is brutally raped and murdered, suspicion falls on a visiting Canadian policeman, Det. Mike Ellis. The ailing Fidel Castro wants to send a strong message that Cuba doesn’t tolerate sex crimes, and a provision in Cuban criminal law that gives the police just 72 hours to secure an indictment ensures a fast pace. Nothing, however, is quite as simple as it should be: Ellis has a cloud hanging over him from a past shoot-out; he has forgotten much of the crucial evening; and Ramirez himself either has supernatural powers or is rapidly succumbing to dementia. Meanwhile, communism and ancient belief in spirits coexist in a Cuba where tourists are as likely to encounter requests for soap and pencils as requests for money. Agent: Anne McDermid, Anne McDermid & Associates (Can.). (Mar.)
From the Publisher
I have a penchant for smart, dark, literary crime fiction, and The Beggar's Opera is all of that: an excellent book. - Allan Guthrie, author of Two Way Split

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143186427
Publisher:
Penguin Canada
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Series:
Inspector Ramirez Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“[An] impressive debut novel ... [the] book itself unfolds with an artless ease: the investigation and its developments are both compelling and convincing, a genuinely mysterious mystery that manages to both surprise and maintain its internal integrity...The Beggar’s Opera is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery.”
The National Post

“Gripping…Passion, corruption, danger: it’s a Cuba-set mystery that satisfyingly delivers all the compelling characteristics of its setting.”
-Andrew Pyper, NTY bestselling author of The Guardians

An impressive police procedural… Blair keeps the tension high, even as she paints a comprehensive, sensitively detailed picture…”
-Sarah Weinman, in the Quill and Quire

“An impressive debut…compelling and convincing… The Beggar’s Opera is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery that bodes well for future novels featuring Ricardo Ramirez.”
-The National Post

“A fast-paced, well-plotted mystery.”
-Vancouver Sun

Blair’s Havana is a steamy, twisted locale and her Inspector Ramirez is just the kind of dogged detective you want to root for.”
-Robert Rotenburg, author of Old City Hall and The Guilty Plea

“A riveting story that kept me reading late into the night. Peggy Blair combines masterful writing with a clever plot and an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of Havana.”
-D.J. McIntosh, author of the bestseller The Witch of Babylon

“I have a penchant for smart, dark, literary crime fiction, and The Beggar’s Opera is all of that: an excellent book.”
-Alan Guthrie, author of Two-Way Split

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