By Leonardo Padura
“A exceptional novel. Haunted via the tragic tale and fervour of its characters.”—Magazine Littéraire
The first of the Havana quartet that includes Inspector Mario Conde, a tropical Marlowe. a tender transvestite in a stunning pink costume is located strangled in a Havana park. Conde’s research right into a violent homicide exposes a stifling, corrupt society, a Cuban fact the place not anything is what it sort of feels. a depressing and interesting international of fellows and ladies born within the revolution who stay with no dreaming of exile and search their identification in the middle of disaster.
Leonardo Padura lives in Cuba. he's a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Red has gained various literary prizes, together with the Hammett prize in Spain.
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Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental. Copyright © 2008 by Shannon K. Butcher All rights reserved. S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. ” She took a deep breath. ” “Oh, God. I’m sorry,” said Grant. Isabelle pulled herself together before any tears fell, which made Grant want to hug her.
Lavine did a lot of terrible things to the kids in his care, Isabelle. ” Even though Grant had saved Isabelle from being raped, the fact that she’d come so close to being another of Lavine’s victims still haunted her sometimes. She’d see a man who resembled Lavine at the grocery store and stop dead in her tracks. Once, a student’s father had reached out to shake her hand and those blunt, gnarled fingers—so much like Lavine’s—had flung her back to that horrid night. She’d run to the bathroom to throw up and never could bring herself to go back to face the baffled father.
Whatever was scaring her, Grant wanted to find it and kill it. He’d never been sure what it was about Isabelle that brought out these fierce protective instincts in him, but he’d always thought it was simply the fact that she’d been so small and frail. Apparently, he’d been wrong, because she was neither of those things anymore, yet his irrational urges hadn’t died down over the years. The knowledge was more than a little unsettling. ” Grant sat there waiting for the rest of her dark confession.
Havana Red by Leonardo Padura