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Grab a Snake by the Tail

(2019)
(The sixth book in the Mario Conde Mystery series)
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Mario Conde investigates a murder in the Barrio Chino, the rundown
Chinatown of Havana. Not his usual beat, but when Conde was asked to take
the case by his colleague, the sultry, perfectly proportioned Lieutenant
Patricia Chion, a frequent object of his nightly fantasies, he could n't resist. The case proves to be unusual. Pedro Cuang, a lonely old man, is found hanging naked from a beam in the ceiling of his dingy room. One of his fingers has been amputated and a drawing of two arrows was engraved with a knife on his chest. Was this a ritual Santeria killing or a just a
sordid settling of accounts in a world of drug trafficking that began to infiltrate Cuban society in the 1980s? Soon Conde discovers unexpected connections, secret businesses and a history of misfortune, uprooting and loneliness that affected many immigrant families from China. As ever with
Padura, the story is soaked in atmosphere: the drinking of rum in deliciously smoke-filled bars, the friendships, the food and beautiful women.



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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Grab a Snake by the Tail (Mario Conde Investigates)
Author(s): Leonardo Padura, Peter Bush
ISBN: 1-912242-17-6 / 978-1-912242-17-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

May 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Grab a Snake by the Tail: A Murder in Havana's Chinatown (Mario Conde Investigates)
Author(s): Padura Leonardo
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU