The Havana Quartet, because I couldn’t stop at just one…
Havana Blue (Mario Conde #1) by Leonardo Padura is the title on my list for the 2014 Global Reading Challenge, the North American section, Cuba in particular. I wasn’t quite satisfied with just the one, so I’m reading the quartet: Havana Blue, Havana Gold, Havana Red, and this weekend, Havana Black.
I am enjoying Padura’s Police Lieutenant Mario Conde, but haven’t quite made up my mind about him… not yet. Conde, ‘the Count’ to his friends, seems to be a character worth taking my time over.
The Independent online refers to him as “louche, sensual and intelligent.” I like that word ‘louche.’ The OED has it as “disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way.” Apt, I’d say.
Here’s what PBS Masterpiece Spotlight on Mysteries says about Padura’s series:
Set in each of the four seasons of 1989, the award-winning Havana Quartet by Leonardo Padura goes to the dark heart of a city and a country at a crossroads. Described as “ morality tales for the post-Soviet era,” these noirish thrillers have been credited with transforming the face of Latin American crime fiction in the same way that Dashiell Hammett reinvented the drawing-room detective story for the American gangster age.
A little late in the day for tweeting #FridayReads, but Havana Black is what #Imreading