Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) (Mario Conde Investigates)
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Publishers Weekly 'Drenched with that beguiling otherness so appealing to fans of mysteries of other cultures, it will also appeal to those who appreciate the sultry lyricism of James Lee Burke. 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. The "Cuban Series" Havana blue Sparring glove is a Professional Pre-Fight glove that comes in Blue and handcrafted in Querétaro, Mexico.
By drawing inspiration from fine British design traditions, we are able to connect with those who love and appreciate this rich, craft heritage. This glove comes with long laces to secure the wrist, made with high-grade premium Mexican leather, with a vertical thumb design and an Anti-thumbing stopper. I appreciate the author has certain special strictures in writing a detective story set in the country where he lives.The male characters are obsessed with women, but it doesn't go much deeper than the appreciation of anatomy. There are some excellent descriptive passages in this book, and colourful characters, often unrelated to the plot, that lift it above the average detective genre. This wide ranging book deals with so many issues in a sensitive way, from diagnosis to acceptance, from self-respect and fulfilment to Viagra! Early flowering roses tend to come in shades of white, pink or purple-pink and most forms of the biennial foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, have toning flowers in similar colours.
On a certain level, Padura's work invokes the creative process, as does the journey of Montero's journalist.
Rafael disappears and the questioning of those who knew him - which takes up the bulk of the narrative - tells his story, illustrating different facets of him and of Cuba's recent history.
Another great read from an author who brings to life his less-than-heroic characters and also the country they live in. Like all the best crime fiction the plots in these stories serve as a vehicle for exploring the human condition as much as for creating suspense. Padura is more interested in writing about middle age and the broken dreams that litter people's lives as they move inexorably toward old age than he is in writing a police procedural.
While she claims to be mystified by her husband vanishing, swearing that he was an honest public servant, Tamara remains high on Conde's list of suspects even as he struggles to master his desire for her. Anti-hero, Lieutenant Mario Conde of the Havana Police Department, known as "the Count," is suffering from a terrible New Year's Eve hangover. His Havana series crime novels featuring the detective Mario Conde, published in English by Bitter Lemon Press, have been translated into many languages and have won literary prizes around the world. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit.
Although the digressions with lengthy sentences and paragraphs slow the pace, Padura doesn't lose sight of the plot and brings it to a satisfactory conclusion. It is possible to find a Geranium to suit most parts of your garden, from the vast range of species and varieties available. The fact that this novel, the first of three, was written by a Cuban resident and not a Cuban exile gives it a certain sterility and dry quality one can imagine. But Rafael Morin's exemplary rise from a poor barrio and picture perfect life hide more than one suspicious episode worthy of investigation. Lieutenant Mario Conde, the hero of Havana Blue, the third of Leonardo Padura's Havana Quartet to be translated (by Peter Bush) into English, is charming, intelligent, usually fed up, often drunk.Tamara, at first evasive and unable to name any possible enemies of her husband, suddenly finds an address book full of potential leads. A reader has to have a lot of tolerance for Mario's ruminations, which don't leave a lot of room for development of other characters who on the basis of the scant evidence seem very interesting, such as "China," the half-Chinese investigator who helps ferret out the financial corruption in this case. It doesn't dwell on politics but focuses on Conde's friendships and the unfulfilled promise of the Cuban revolution. But then he finds the man is someone he was at school with who has done not only much better than him work-wise, but married Conde's long-ago love Tamara. Larger than average (4-5cm diameter) flowers appear for many months from early summer above the clumps of yellow-green foliage.