Written by Ernesto Mallo
Review written by Russell James
Russell James has been named “the Godfather of Noir” by Ian Rankin. Russell writes crime novels - about criminals and victims, not the cozy procedural or whodunnit. He is the editor of Great British Fictional Detectives.
Released: 16th June 2011
Argentina in the 1980s was a faraway and very foreign land. Ruled – in so far as that unruly country could ever be ruled – by the Junta, the only way to live was on your wits and luck. And bribery.
Superintendent Lascano is about the only straight cop in the force, and the thief Mole Miranda is one of the few crooks to believe there is or might ever have been honour between thieves. In a tangle of characters and plot these two are drawn together – Mole to learn that, ‘with all your hard work, all the risks you take, in the end the money you steal just goes to making the dirtiest damn cops dirtier and happy,’ and Lascano that Mole may be about the only person he can trust.
This is a fast, deliberately confusing, amoral and at times bitter tale of vice, politics and ambition – or are those just three words for the same thing?