Havana Gold

Havana Gold

by Leonardo Padura, Peter Bush
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Havana Gold by Leonardo Padura

Scorching novel from a star of Cuban fiction. The fourth of the Havana Quartet series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904738886
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Series: Mario Conde Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 47,311
File size: 325 KB

About the Author

Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana. He is a prize winning novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. International fame came with the publication of the Havana Quartet, all featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde, of which Havana Black is the second to be available in English.The Quartet has been translated into seven languages and has won numerous prizes including Spain's Hammett Prize. Critically acclaimed translator known for extensive work on Juan Goytisolo. Also translated Daniel Chavarria and Pedro de Alarcon from Cuba.

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Havana Gold 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1989 Cuban police detective Mario Conde hates being a cop as he would have preferred to be a writer. However, no matter how he tries to romanticize his existence, he must eat and so cop he is. Drinking helps him when state sponsored corruption interferes with his investigation.----------- His current case makes him want to quit in order to turn into a 24/7 alcoholic. Someone murdered pretty Pre-University High School schoolteacher, Lissette Nunez Delgado. This particular inquiry hits home as Conde went to school here when he dreamed of becoming a Cuban Hemingway. As he interviews the headmaster, staff and pupils, Conde wonders what happened to his dreams and those of his countrymen.------------- The fourth Havana police procedural is a great tale (likes its colorful predecessors) that follows one year in the life of a dedicated cynical Cuban cop. The story line is fast-paced as Conde investigates the murder of a young popular teacher, but runs into bureaucracy from the school and his superiors. However, the key to this saga remains the disenchanted hero who struggles to do his job properly, which to him means solving the case, but to others connotes satisfying the state and the Party.-------------- Harriet Klausner