No Happy Ending by Paco Ignacio, II Taibo

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The third English language case for Mexico City independent detective Héctor Belascoarán Shayne, No Happy Ending, is Paco Ignacio Taibo II at his subversive, darkly comic best. First, Héctor discovers the body of a dead actor, dressed like a Roman in full breastplate and regalia, propped up on the toilet in his office. Shortly thereafter, he receives a threatening letter and a snapshot of another murdered corpse. As Héctor investigates the killings he discovers that both share a connection to a dead stuntman named Zorak who apparently perished while training a government-backed paramilitary group.
Once again, the one-eyed anarchist detective finds himself up against the very institutions which persecute the downtrodden and oppress the masses. In typical Taibo fashion, Héctor appears destined to lose— the ending to this remarkable absurdist tale shows his bullet-ridden body lying face down in the gutter during a rainstorm.
 

About Paco Ignacio, II Taibo

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Paco Ignacio Taibo II is a historian and writer. The winner of seven international fiction prizes, including the coveted Moritz-Planeta Award, he lives in Mexico City.
 
Published July 19, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 181 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite HÇctor's characteristically waggish interludes to buy zarzuela records and plan his wedding, this is much tighter and darker than The Shadow of the Shadow (1991) or Some Clouds (1992).

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The body discovered in the bathroom of the Mexico City office of Hector Belascoaran Shayne is dressed as a Roman soldier but the history that Taibo's ``independent detective'' probes in this dark, ind

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The body discovered in the bathroom of the Mexico City office of Hector Belascoaran Shayne is dressed as a Roman soldier but the history that Taibo's ``independent detective'' probes in this dark, indelible tale is considerably more recent and local.

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The book is book, and when you have stories to tell, the story goes in the book.

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