Eulogy for a Brown Angel: A Mystery Novel Hardcover – Jul 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
A haze of dazzlingly evocative prose very nearly hides this first mystery's slack plotting. Corpi's ear for Latino rhythms and her feminist leanings produce some original and highly charged narrative moments. But plot still matters. In 1970, a three-year-old boy dies on an L.A. street during the unrest of the National Chicano Moratorium. Gloria Damasco finds the body, alerts the police and befriends the child's family. From here on, Corpi breezes through the action. The only key witness, a street gang member, is killed; then Kenyon, the cop on the case, zeroes in on Gloria's photographer friend as a suspect for no apparent reason. Corpi, a poet, gives her sleuth occasional clairvoyant moments that lead towards the killer and provide hints of subtle menace. Although careful readers might anticipate the solution and wish for a few more suspects, Corpi expands the genre with this work of small triumphs.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Corpi (Delia's Song--not reviewed) brings a Chicana feminist perspective to the mystery genre and does so with enough originality to overcome some stilted and murky writing. The story begins when civil-rights activist Gloria Damasco discovers the body of a murdered child on an L.A. street during a Chicano demonstration in 1970. Damasco has a ``dark gift,'' an uncontrollable extrasensory awareness that's stirred by this discovery and that will bring her back to investigate it time and again until the truth is finally revealed in 1988. When a gang member who may know the killer's identity is also murdered, Damasco works with a dying police detective to reveal a second killer, but that effort apparently closes all the doors to the mastermind behind the killings. She eventually returns to her family in Oakland, believing the crime will never be solved, although she keeps collecting information about the case over the years. Many readers will have pinpointed the killer's identity long before the heroine does, but one last nasty little secret is revealed in the bloody conclusion that adds an extra wallop to the convoluted goings-on. Awkward and slow moving at times, but still worthwhile mystery-reading. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.