Item description for Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) by Leonardo Padura & Peter Bush...
Overview When Lieutenant Condo is roused from a terrible hangover and asked to investigate the disappearance of an old schoolmate that married the girl of his dreams, his desire for her threatens the already-sensitive investigation.
Publishers Description Lieutenant Mario Conde is suffering from a terrible New Year's Eve hangover. 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. Conde remembered Morin from their student days: good-looking, brilliant, a 'reliable comrade' who always got what he wanted, including Tamara, the girl Conde was after. But Rafael Morin's exemplary rise from a poor barrio and picture perfect life hide more than one suspicious episode worthy of investigation. 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN 1904738222 ISBN13 9781904738220
Availability 0 units.
More About Leonardo Padura & Peter Bush
Leonardo Padura (La Habana, 1955) trabajo como guionista, periodista y critico, hasta lograr el reconocimiento internacional con la serie de novelas policiacas protagonizadas por el detective Mario Conde: Pasado perfecto, Vientos de cuaresma, Mascaras, Paisaje de otono, Adios, Hemingway, La neblina del ayer y La cola de la serpiente, traducidas a numerosos idiomas y merecedoras de premios como el Cafe Gijon 1995, el Hammett 1997, 1998 y 2005, el Premio de las Islas 2000 y el Brigada 21. Tambien ha escrito La novela de mi vida y El hombre que amaba a los perros, una trepidante reconstruccion de las vidas de Trotsky y Ramon Mercader, traducida a diez idiomas, vendidos sus derechos al cine y merecedora del Premio de la Critica en Cuba, el Francesco Gelmi di Caporiacco 2010 y, en 2011, el Premio Carbet del Caribe, el Prix Initiales y el Prix Roger Caillois. En 2012 Padura recibio el Premio Nacional de Literatura de Cuba. Herejes, una absorbente novela sobre un cuadro de Rembrandt y una saga judia que llega a nuestros dias, confirma al autor como uno de los narradores mas ambiciosos e internacionales en lengua espanola.
Reviews - What do customers think about Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3)?
A GREAT, GREAT WRITER ... Jul 4, 2007
I picked up Havana Blue in a small bookshop in NY a few weeks ago and was so impressed with the writing, I ordered the rest of the series plus Adios Hemingway from this site (to get them as fast as possible). Padura is an incredibly gifted writer. The sensuality of his prose is visceral. I literally brewed coffee when reading about Lt. Mario Conde's attempts to get a good cup from his boss. I craved cigars again ... I took my wife out to a Cuban joint in Brooklyn for red beans and rice. I want to visit/live in Havana, at least for a while.
Padura has a genuine obsession (or was strongly influenced) with/by both Hemingway and Salinger and his writing is every bit as wonderful. He's a genuine wordsmith who I couldn't read fast enough. This entire series (the Mario Conde character) is very highly recommended. I hope Padura keeps going ... and Adios Hemingway--absolutely masterful.
excellent Havana police procedural Jun 9, 2007
Havana police lieutenant Mario Conde enjoyed the New Year's Eve celebration but he drank too much as he expected the day off to recover. Instead in spite of a four poster headache, his superior calls to tell him that Ministry for Industry official and party VIP Rafael Morin Rodriguez vanished.
Mario knew Rafael and the man's wife Tamara when the trio attended high school together and the cop was in unrequited puppy love for her. Hangover aside, Mario interviews Tamara, who offers nothing about what happened or why; instead she insists her loving spouse is an honest civil servant working for the benefit of the people. Although he prefers otherwise, Mario assumes either Rafael is dead or fled before a scandal destroyed him; either way the case has political ramifications that he knows he must gingerly walk carefully. However, the biggest issue in Mario's mind is not those looking at his every step in the investigation, but that the prime suspect is Tamara, who he still wants.
The third colorful Havana police procedural (see HAVANA BLACK and HAVANA RED) is a terrific whodunit starring a likable dedicated cop trying to investigate a maybe crime in a totalitarian society where he can easily follow a clue across a forbidden zone. Mario's investigation is top rate as he struggles with his feelings for the prime suspect and has even more trouble dealing with officialdom as the potential victim is a highly ranked bureaucrat. Readers will appreciate Leonardo Padura's tense Cuban mystery starring a great detective in a superior tale.