Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) (Mario Conde Investigates)

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Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) (Mario Conde Investigates)

Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) (Mario Conde Investigates)

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Playboy 'Is foul play involved in the vanishing of a popular Cuban politician, or is it another kind of crime? It seems quite true to life for all I know about Cuba but the protagonists are cops so they enjoy a special place in the world across the water. Tamara, at first evasive and unable to name any possible enemies of her husband, suddenly finds an address book full of potential leads. Voucher is redeemable one time within 60 days of registration on all non-reduced items with exception of Gucci (except sunglasses) and bags by the following brands: Celine, Prada and Saint Laurent.

Inspired by traditional Moroccan patterns, these delightful tiles offer an intoxicating mix of geometric motifs and subtle colours. A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, one collection of essays, and a volume of short stories. Situated along the Straits of Florida, the capital of Cuba has been through several identities: Spanish colonial settlement, mobster rule in the 1930s, glamour of the 1950s, Cuban revolution and, most recently, a cultural renaissance. Havana’s bold, provocative approach to art, cuisine and entertainment—as well as the eclectic blend of African, French, Spanish and North American influences—including its range of architecture styles from the sixteenth century to the modern day, confer this epic city with a legendary status on par with the world’s greatest cities.There are some excellent descriptive passages in this book, and colourful characters, often unrelated to the plot, that lift it above the average detective genre. Rafael disappears and the questioning of those who knew him - which takes up the bulk of the narrative - tells his story, illustrating different facets of him and of Cuba's recent history. Crumbling pastel-coloured facades line its streets, parked vintage cars evoke times past, live music permeates the air. The second book in the series, Havana Gold (1994), has just been published in English, to complete the Quartet.

While pursuing the case in a decaying but adored Havana, Conde confronts his lost love for Tamara and the dreams and illusions of his generation. Though it's the middle of a weekend, he is asked to urgently investigate the mysterious disappearance of Rafael Morin, a high-level business manager in the Cuban nomenklatura. Although the digressions with lengthy sentences and paragraphs slow the pace, Padura doesn't lose sight of the plot and brings it to a satisfactory conclusion. Conde and the city of Havana share star status, both lovingly portrayed, both fraying at the edges, both prone to depression, yet full of joy.Padura intersperses the narrative with several flashbacks to fill in backgrounds and relationships with the people who populate the story.



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