Buy Crimen en el Barrio del Once / Crime in the Neighborhood of Eleven: El by Ernesto Mallo () by Ernesto Mallo; (ISBN: ) from. The unusual writing style, once I got used to it, only helped in the forward . Ernesto Mallo’s Needle in a Haystack is a wonderful, terrible, tragic book. It is a. Beware. The 18th of January, Editorial Siruela will release in Spain Crimen en el Barrio del Once (Crime in District Eleven), Siruela

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Dec 05, Pamela rated it did not like it Shelves: We don’t know where Lascano got his nickname, but assume it’s about blo Free Friday offering from Barnes and Noble. Set in South America during the period after a junta has occurred. And yet, now that I’m finished, I’m trying to pinpoint why. I really enjoyed the story of Eva though, and would have enjoyed the whole book more if crimdn would have developed her character and story more.

Whenever a person or group of people are speaking or thinking, the “conversation” is in italics, with no quotes, or breaks. Pero la tranquilidad no es para El Perro: First of three books translated to English by Ernesto Mallo.

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I very much enjoyed this gritty story and will look up the next Lascano story Sweet Money. This shared language comes from the mansions and the shanties that are built side by side, separate by nothing but a single street or railroad track–contradiction within eyesight It was again the case with Haystack, especially when the inner dialogue switched between characters in a single paragraph.

Feb 12, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: Born inErnesto Mallo is a published essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, and playwright. Rather the hook is who will win out between Lascano and Giribaldi; whether justice will prevail. The military is still in clean up mode, and no one knows who is who, or on which side, as corruption is the only game in town, very well written, though not at all pleasant. At chapter fifteen, we get to the point in chapter one, when the man is killed and his body dumped where he was found in chapter one.


The killing and the corruption would be enough, but the kidnapping and disappearing are so blatant and hard to take. I had been looking forward to settling in with this, but couldn’t make it past the first dozen pages.

Dark, troubling, sad story. Preview — Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo. Add on top of that the depressing stor Thank goodness this was a Free Friday Nook Book and I didn’t spend any money on it.

It bounces It must be hard to live in a world where every woman is either a whore or a manipulator,or a frigid religious fanatic. Nov 07, Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar erjesto, Joe rated it it was ok.

It’s a short and worthwhile read.

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It is a depiction of the corruption and impunity of the era. View all barrko comments. Enough with the machismo already! In the language of the port-dwellers, irony is currency. But soon, I found the number of characters introduced a bit overwhelming.

But what’s worse is each speaker doesn’t get his or her own line. Around 30, people “disappeared” during the Dirty War, but this book chronicles only a few of these.

Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo

This dek the last line in the book: No need to be fancy, just an overview. AuthorEditorAuthor of introductionedcTranslator. Sweet money by Ernesto Mallo Book 13 editions published between and in 4 languages and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Superintendent Lascano is drawn into a war between the Buenos Aires Chief of Police and the Apostles, drug-dealing cops who want to control the city.

Jan 29, Ginny rated it did not like it Recommends it for: But the lurking danger of military involvement hangs over everything and gives the story a deep sense of menace. The two were “subversives” killed by the army, but the third was planted there to make it seem like all three were together.


However, if you are looking for a good mystery, I recommend Connolly or Sanford. I know little of Argentine history except for the internal conflict some 30 years ago known as the “Dirty War”. As the story progressed, it revealed its secrets slowly, without indulging in backstory before its time.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Spanish 68 English 14 Ell 6 French 5. Up until the very end, the most unpredictable thing about the book is how strictly it follows This book is half a fairly unremarkable noir detective story and half a portrait of life in and around the criminal justice system of a corrupt, malevolent military dictatorship.

Return to Book Page. Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts and contradictions, always on the edge of chaos, where multimillionaires and the destitute anxiously coexist in close quarters. We simply never learned enough barrioo the characters to build a real connection. Add on top of that the depressing story line and we have a one or less star book. It was astonishing how while the military junta waged a bloody campaign of repression daily life went on more or less as normal. I’d like to know what someone who actually lives there thinks about it.

Even so, it felt a little more real – a little less pulp mystery and a little more bareio is a story that very much takes place in the real world, a fictional retelling of something that almost certainly happened to someone in Buenos Aires in To view it, click here.

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