Robert Arellano's parents fled Havana in 1960. He has been working on Havana Lunar since 1992, when, as a student in Brown University's graduate writing program, he visited Cuba on a research fellowship. He has returned ten times, chronicling the Revolution in journalism, essay, and song.
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Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives (2022)
(Pignon Scorbion, book 1)
"Extortion, theft, revenge, and murder fractalize into a dazzling kaleidoscope of crime in Rick Bleiweiss's Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives. Taking over as chief police inspector of a not-so-sleeping English town circa 1910, Scorbion finds an unlikely investigative team in the denizens of Calvin Brown's barbershop. The subterfuge begins Day One, but the action really heats up when a circus comes to town, touching off a three-ring spectacle of deception, detection, and deduction. Get comfortable in your favorite barber's chair, turn the sign on the door to Closed, and draw the window shades, because it's hard not to binge-read when the end of every chapter leaves you with another puzzle to solve. Bravo, Rick Bleiweiss!"
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