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Chinatown Angel: A Mystery (Chico Santana Mystery #1)

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Finalist for the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel!

Chico Santana is broke and brokenhearted after his wife, Ramona, leaves him. On New Year's Eve, he comes out of his self-imposed seclusion and runs into an old friend from St. Mary's Home for Boys, a member of "The Dirty Dozen." Albert Garcia is now a waiter and a wannabe filmmaker, tangled up with rising film
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Minotaur Books
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A. E. Roman's Chico Santana makes an interesting new protagonist—and the story in Chinatown Angel is delightfully twisted. Unfortunately, though, the overabundance of under-developed characters turns an otherwise captivating story into a bewildering jumble.

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I loved almost everything about this book. The NY setting, the edgy noir feeling, the well-crafted plot and dimensional characters. There were a couple of things that confused me and that might need a second read. Overall, though, I thought it was very impressive.
(C+) 65% | Almost Satisfactory
Notes: Characters have no life to them. It's all about underscoring urban ethnic and racial heterogeneity, and not much else.
This book has an interesting premise and Roman obviously knows the bron, but in includes every noir cliche.
too many characters to follow but interesting
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Aka Alex Echevarria.

A.E. Roman (Alex Echevarria Roman), is the author of Chinatown Angel, the first book in the Chico Santana mystery series, coming soon from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur. His short story "Under the Bridge" will be appearing in a Latino mystery anthology from Arte Publico Press. He's also a co-author (with Emily Adler) of Sweet 15, to be published by Marshall Cavendish
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