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288 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1973
Oh, there is a sort of comfort in reading a story where one knows what the end will be. The story of a dream world where justice is always done. There were no detective stories in the age of faith -- an interesting point when you think of it. God used to be the only detective when people believed in Him. He was law. He was order. He was good. Like your Sherlock Holmes. It was He who pursued the wicked man for punishment and discovered all. But now people like the General [Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay] make law and order. Electric shocks on the genitals. Aquino's [an accomplice] fingers. Keep the poor ill-fed, and they do not have the energy to revolt. I prefer the detective. I prefer God.The Honorary Consul is not like one of Rivas's detective novels: One does not know how it will end. Even though I had read the novel before (years ago), I was still surprised.