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Tequila Blue [Paperback]

By Rolo Diez & Nick Caistor (Translator)
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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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Pages   186
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN  1904738044  
ISBN13  9781904738046  

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More About Rolo Diez & Nick Caistor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Rolo Diez currently resides in Mexico City. Rolo Diez was born in 1940.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Tequila Blue?

Gritty Indeed  Mar 18, 2006
I really liked this book. It doesn't pull any punches about third world police corruption. Reminded me of the Harvey Keitel's Bad Lieutenant.
Mucho Noir  Mar 29, 2005
Mexico City cop who's way passed being on the take. Very gritty. You've been warned.
terrific Mexican police procedural   Nov 7, 2004
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

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