Next stop: Mexico City
An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, first of the Héctor Belascoarán Shayne detective series, set in Mexico City, marks one-third of my commitment to the North American ‘leg’ of this year’s Global Reading Challenge.
As I mentioned on my Challenge page, I’m reading crime fiction for this challenge, and limiting my choices to mystery novels featuring a series detective. As usual, I’m searching for new moody sleuths.
So, who is private investigator Héctor Belascoarán Shayne? Here’s what Swiftly Tilting Planet has to say:
Taibo’s marvelous fictional detective Héctor Belascoarán Shayne is based in Mexico City. He lives in a tiny apartment in the Roma Sur and shares a “grimy” office with a plumber, an engineer and an upholsterer. Belascoaran used to be an engineer by trade, but after gaining a “certificate in detection from a Mexican correspondence school,” he now makes a marginal living solving the bizarre cases that come his way. “
And why am I interested? Well, if private investigator Héctor Belascoarán Shayne proves as moody a sleuth as I suspect, signing on for this year’s Global Reading Challenge will have proved worth while; my first read, Malla Nunn’s A Beautiful Place to Die introduced me to the troubled South African Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper (more on him later), and I’m looking forward to reading more of the series… but only after I’ve completed the challenge.
I’ve almost finished reading Gospel (Harpur & Iles #9) by Bill James (England) and will listen to the last few chapters of L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole #8) by Robert Crais (USA) this weekend, crossing two more off my reading list, so I’ll soon have to track down more titles to fill out the challenge.
Keep you posted!
photo credit – Mexico City at Night by Fernando Tomás