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The Transparency of Time

Leonardo Padura’s The Transparency of Time is a fusion of contemporary noir and historical adventure set in Havana, Cuba. The recovery of a stolen statue for an old school friend, Bobby, should be a straightforward job for ex-cop Mario Conde. Only Bobby has been lying…
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Crocodile Tears by Mercedes Rosende

Translated by Tim Gutteridge — One of the pleasures of reading international crime fiction is heightened awareness that the diabolical imagination is alive and kicking in authors everywhere. Uruguay probably isn’t at the top of your list of places where clever crimes are hatched –…
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Grab a Snake by the Tail

Written by Leonardo Padura, translated by Peter Bush — For decades, glimpses into Cuban life were hard to come by, and for Americans will be harder to come by again with renewed travel restrictions. English-language crime fiction about contemporary Cuba also has been sparse, despite…
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The Cartel

Written by Don Winslow — The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow’s first depiction of America’s war on drugs, changed perceptions of its author when it was published in 2005. Winslow was already an established writer stateside and a winner of the Edgar Award, but…
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