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Sweet Money: An Inspector Lascano Mystery (Inspector Lascano #2)

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Praise for Ernesto Mallo's Needle in a Haystack:

“A vivid and compelling picture of a society riven by corruption, social breakdown, and casual brutality. A pacy, intense, and thought-provoking read.”—Guardian

“Martin Cruz Smith and Philip Kerr fans will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly

“A gritty, painful portrait of a dystopian culture spinning further and further out of cont
Paperback, 267 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2007)
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Učitaj se!
Apr 27, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it really liked it
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Druga knjiga o Mallovom inspektoru Lascanu nastavlja u istom tonu kao prva: to je vrlo dobar noir u svom najčišćem obliku, s onom mračnom atmosferom nalik na dimnu zavjesu kakvu inače možemo susresti u romanima ovog žanra. Likovi su, također, tipični 'noirovski', a predvodi ih Lascano - lik na strani pravde, ali koji ne zazire od povremenog kročenja i 'onom stranom zakona' kako bi postigao svoj cilj; cinik kojega prate sjene iz prošlosti i koji je netom izgubio svoju femme fatale, Evu, za koju ...more
Ernesto Mallo
Sep 17, 2011 Ernesto Mallo added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm the author
Oct 04, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
When Mole Miranda is released from jail he pledges to never again rob banks and to go home to his wife and child. After all, his cohort in the crime has been keeping the money safe, right? When it is revealed that the lovely young daughter of his friend has been diagnosed with cancer and all the money has been used for her treatment Mole decides one last job is in order.
Mallo brings us in to the dubious character painting him at once wretched and loveable, and in fact by the time you think that
Rob Kitchin
May 08, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing
Sweet Money is very much the second book in the Inspector Lascano trilogy and I would recommend reading Needle in a Haystack first. That said, this could be read as a standalone, and very good it is to. The story has a gritty realism, with some very nice prose and good dialogue. My sense is that the translator, Katherine Silver, has done an excellent job at keeping the richness of description in the text. The real strengths of the book are the character development, evocation of the history and ...more
Tamara Damjanovic
For me, it was quite hard to follow the story since I haven't read the first part and since I don't know much about history of Argentina. On the other hand, the story has some plot twists that were quote unbeliavable for me and it lacked dynamics in development in general. Also, one of the things that kept me constantly confused was using a whole bunch of names and nicknames for only one character (sometimes the same person is refered to by name, by last name or by nickname) so I had to write ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Tuck rated it really liked it
the 2nd Mallo translated to english. Set in Buenos Aires in post-horror years, with Perro the cop "coming back from the dead" luck in to solving crimes, get his heart broken even more than it was, start smoking again and disappear into the Brazilian sunset. A taut police procedural with same inside-the-head style as the first, Needle in Haystack, Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo and the small amount of dialog as italicized run together sentences at the ends or beginnings of chapters. The things that make these superior novels ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Alta added it
Sweet Money by Ernesto Mallo (Trans. from Spanish by Katherine Silver. Bitter Lemon Press, 2011).

I normally don’t read mysteries, so when I was offered this book I was sure I wouldn’t read more than a few pages. I ended up reading the whole book, and was surprised that not only was it suspenseful (which I had anticipated), but it was also fairly intelligent, well structured, and written in a minimalist style that goes well with the plot. The background is that of the 1980s Buenos Aires, and, as
Željko Erceg
May 31, 2015 Željko Erceg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kažu - drugi dio trilogije, no pročitate li "Zločin u židovskoj četvrti", pa "Argentinac", sve će stvari biti razjašnjene i treći dio ćete očekivati samo u želji da nastavite čitati Mallove knjige. Uostalom, treći dio nije preveden ni na engleski, tko zna kad će na hrvatski. :'(
I dalje je glavni forte knjige opis korupcijskog društva, vojne hunte, Argentine, ... no iako je drugo mjesto, drugo vrijeme, druga radnja, ... kad sklopite zadnju stranicu "Argentinca", na pamet će vam pasti "Casablanca
Andy Weston
Jan 07, 2012 Andy Weston rated it it was amazing
Top quality, and better than Needle in a Haystack.
Manages to relate to the political scene in Argentina at the time also. Really this book is a lot better than most crime novels that are pushed bu publishers in Eurpoe and USA at the moment.
I know Ernesto is a member of Goodreads - and so without writing a spoiler I ask, what for the future of El Perro? The end was not expected - although the last quarter of the book lived up to expectations!
Michele Abrams Lehn
Jul 16, 2011 Michele Abrams Lehn rated it really liked it
The second in the series- following "Needle in a Haystack." Argentina, 1980's. The military regime has fallen. Inspector Lascano has lost everything and is trying to put his life back together. A lighter read than the first book. Interesting look at life in Argentina during that time period.
Thomas Ryan
Quite good but not in the same class as Needle in the Haystack mainly because the ending is untidy.
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Ernesto Mallo en su página oficial de Internet, se define de esta manera: "Nací demasiado joven y sin la debida preparación para enfrentar este mundo. A los seis años tuve que abandonar mi educación para asistir a la escuela. A los veinte pensé que era mi deber cambiar el mundo. Lo cambié, es éste, disculpe."

Director teatral, guionista, dramaturgo, traductor y periodista, comenzó su carrera como n
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