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Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) (Mario Conde Investigates)

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The Count and his assistant Sergeant Manuel Palacios set out to interview the likely people who had last seen Rafael. With Padura's Havana Blue, set in the present day but referring to the past, the world of his regular detective, Lieutenant Mario Conde, has similar levels of extra-corporeal experience - although the disembowelling count is lower. But Rafael Morin's exemplary rise from a poor barrio and picture perfect life hide more than one suspicious episode worthy of investigation. Rafael Morín considered “an immaculate trustworthy comrade” had been reported missing by his wife the day before.

I appreciate the author has certain special strictures in writing a detective story set in the country where he lives. Detective novels set in exotic places are best if written by a native of the place, like the inspector Chen series by Xiaolong. 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. Playboy 'Is foul play involved in the vanishing of a popular Cuban politician, or is it another kind of crime?In Carofiglio's The Past is a Foreign Country (which I read shortly before this) there was a character who "liked to swear. The rich characterizations and bittersweet remembrances of old times, 20 years ago, play as great a role in the book as the investigation. 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. This was because many plants would be dormant during this time of the year and foliage would either be reduced or absent, making them easier to post.

Mario's boss has a romantic attachment to Havana cigars, which he smokes slowly and with orgasmic pleasure. Inspired by traditional Moroccan patterns, these delightful tiles offer an intoxicating mix of geometric motifs and subtle colours. It is inconceivable that Morin would defect, after all, a man in his position, has the opportunity to travel outside of Cuba frequently and thus, no reason to try to sail to the US in a rickety boat. This wide ranging book deals with so many issues in a sensitive way, from diagnosis to acceptance, from self-respect and fulfilment to Viagra!

So take a seat at an authentic paladar (family-run restaurant) and enjoy the vibrant evolution of Havana.

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