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Tequila Blue

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
“Both a scathing and picaresque comedy, a biting and spicy concoction. Just like tequila.”—Le Monde

It’s not easy being a cop in Mexico City. Meet Carlito, a police detective with a complicated life. A wife, a mistress, children by both. He resorts to money laundering and arms dealing to finance his police activity. The money for justice must be found somewhere.

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Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published March 1st 2000)
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In Diez's Tequila Blue, we see his sympatico character, Carlito Hernandez, a cop who is honest by his lights, but sees nothing wrong in dealing in arms, running a protection racket, or maintaining two households (a wife and kids in one, a mistress and kids in another). He is that non-pareil, the Mexican macho man, capable of deep love (his kids adore him) and incredible selfishness (he'll sleep with any woman who gives him an erection - and he is quite catholic in this department). This is as th ...more

I am always on the lookout for good Latin American mysteries/crime novels in translation. Rolo Diez's Tequila Blue is one of the few I have disliked. The main character, a cop in Mexico City, is amoral and unlikeable, and I ended up not caring what happened to anyone, whether the crime was solved, or anything else. It was short, so I sped through rather than just set it down.

I suppose the intent was to immerse you in the corruption, the mordidas, the
But the epilogue is 5 star. Diaz is an Argentine now living in Mexico. Not his best work and nowhere nearly as much fun to read as Paco Taibo II, who also sets his crime novels in Mexico City.
erm.... note to self, most translated books are not as good as the original. crappy read :(
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