THE SHADOW OF THE SHADOW by Paco Ignacio Taibo


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 Halfway through prolific Mexican writer Taibo's dense, bloody, high-spirited historical fantasy of revolution, political corruption, and murder in 1922 Mexico, crime reporter Pioquinto Manterola interrupts a dominoes game with his unlikely fellow-heroes--Chinese- Mexican labor organizer Tom†s Wong, poet/advertising jingle-writer Ferm°n Valencia, and Alberto Verdugo, legal advisor to streetwalkers- -to ask, ``What's Margarita the Widow Rold†n got to do with Colonel G¢mez, Conchita, Celeste the hypnotist, Ram¢n the Spic and long- distance ejaculator, the lieutenant whose name we don't know, and the French aristocrat about whom we know even less?''--and that's only the first of his 15 riddles. The trail of corpses, grotesques, and anarchists eventually leads through innumerable adventures, gunfights, flashbacks, and dominoes games to a 1920 plot to cede control of the Gulf provinces to gringo oil barons--but every new revelation seems to give Taibo's madly spinning top another lash: you'll end as dizzy as when the mystery seemed deepest. Except for the violence and politics, nothing like Taibo's previously translated noir outing, An Easy Thing: this one's for readers who like their conspiracies light as a soufflÇ.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-670-83177-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1991


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