Search Results: "Paco Ignacio Taibo"


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RETURN TO THE SAME CITY by Paco Ignacio Taibo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

It's tough enough returning from the dead—and Taibo's prefatory note blithely disclaims any knowledge of how HÇctor Belascoar†n Shayne survived the hail of bullets that apparently killed him at the unhappy end of No Happy Ending (1993)—without having to go back to punching a time clock, and Belascoar†n is in no hurry to take the case foisted on him by a would-be client named Alicia. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO'S BICYCLE by Paco Ignacio Taibo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"Dazzling, if dense, entertainment: a cockeyed magical-realist paean to the all-too-human power of the imagination in action, and under duress, then as now."
Conspiracy, misdirection, and paranoia intertwine deliriously in this Pynchonesque roman noirwhich won 1994's Latin American Dashiell Hammett Awardby the popular Mexican author of such distinctive mystery novels as The Shadow of the Shadow (1991) and Four Hands (1994). Read full book review >

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LIFE ITSELF by Paco Ignacio Taibo
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But this end-of-the-road fantasy, so full of Taibo's melancholy cartoon gaiety, will be a feast for connoisseurs."
Taibo's waggish novels about Mexico City shamus Hector Belascoar†n Shayne (No Happy Ending, 1993, etc.) often gave the impression of wanting to be the last detective stories ever written. Read full book review >

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FOUR HANDS by Paco Ignacio Taibo
Released: July 1, 1994

"Praise to translator Dail—the rhythms are distinctively American, accurately conveying Taibo's keen view of his northern neighbor's overhanging belly."
A complex international scenario of journalism, disinformation, and espionage unfolds through interweaving narratives of fictional characters and historical figures. Read full book review >

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NO HAPPY ENDING by Paco Ignacio Taibo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A huge (400,000) printing is planned for Russia, where Taibo's manic antiestablishment paranoia should sell very well indeed."
What are the Halcones—that shadowy paramilitary group behind the violent government repression of student demonstrations back in 1970- -up to now? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1991

"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."
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. Read full book review >

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GUEVARA, ALSO KNOWN AS CHE by Paco Ignacio Taibo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A sentimental tale of revolutionary exploits, in which Che's own voice is clearly heard."
Mexican novelist Taibo (Leonard's Bicycle, 1995, etc.) offers his political adventure-story take on Latin America's revered revolutionary, with heavy use of excerpts from Guevara's diaries and interviews with other sources. Read full book review >

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SOME CLOUDS by Paco Ignacio Taibo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Non sequiturs rule."
The latest case for one-eyed Mexico City shamus Hector Belasoar†n Shayne (An Easy Thing, 1990) begins when his sister Elisa drags him back from vacation with an unlikely tale about her friend Anita, who married into the Costa family only to have them wiped out within two months (dad: heart attack; brother Pancho: shot; brother Alberto: found gibbering over Pancho's body; brother Luis, Anita's husband: shot), leaving behind only a paltry legacy of $200 million pesos that somebody—Hector's old school chum Arturo Melgar, now a mobster called the Rat? the laughably corrupt policeman Jacinto Saavedra?—is anxious to prevent Anita from touching. Read full book review >

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RETURNING AS SHADOWS by Paco Ignacio Taibo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Even readers unacquainted with the earlier authors Taibo is channeling, from Cervantes to Borges to Umberto Eco, will find something to love in this Frederick Forsyth yarn reworked by Monty Python."
Not many people know this, but the four raffish heroes of The Shadow of a Shadow (1991) returned 20 years later to battle the Nazis in 1941 Mexico, as Taibo recounts in this outrageous palimpsest of wartime intrigue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones by Dominic Carrillo
Released: March 26, 2016

"A fun, amusing tale about the beautiful torment of young hearts and hormones at play."
A poor, persecuted eighth-grade boy falls for a popular girl in a posh school. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO DREAMED A CITY by Paco Aramburu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2017

"A verbose romp that will win readers over with warm, unpredictable moments."
In this debut, a civil engineer wakes from the drudgery of middle age with the help of a blind homeless man. Read full book review >