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The Black Minutes by Martin Solares
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Jul 24, 12

The Black Minutes is a detective/crime novel set in a fictional Mexican town which unfolds in a unique fashion in that it is told from multiple perspectives. While the format lends some interest to the proceedings it is also a drawback in that the voices of the main characters blend and the voices of the secondary characters add little overall. The story is interesting enough - the current day murder of a journalist opens up a decades old investigation into a series of gruesome child murders - however the threads of the story get bogged down in the author's desire to outline police corruption and how it impacted both investigations. The story starts with the present day investigation but quickly delves into the past and spends far too long there. Many of the characters exist in both time frames and have nicknames which the author uses interchangeably. After a while it becomes a struggle to remember who is being talked about. When the story ultimately returns to the present day, the outcome is largely unsatisfactory. All in all an interesting premise that could have been presented in a better fashion.

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