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Some Clouds [Hardcover]

Ii Taibo
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June 26 1992
Private detective Hector Belacoara+a7n Shayne is forced to make his way through a perilous and complex labyrinth of corruption, betrayal, cover-up, and death as he investigates two strange muders and a mysterious fortune in Mexico City.

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In a spare narrative voice that packs a wallop, Taibo ( The Shadow of the Shadow ) describes a Mexico City teeming with corruption, passion and hazards for his one-eyed, half-Irish, half-Basque, Coca-Cola-swilling PI, Hector Belascoaran Shayne. Taibo's detective owes a great deal to the Dashiell Hammett prototype: while he turns a jaded eye on the affairs of men (and women), he also demonstrates loyalty and courage beyond the call of duty in his work and personal relationships. Here he rescues his sister's childhood amiga Anita after she is brutally attacked and raped upon inheriting blood money from her murdered husband. Sound complicated? The threads of corruption in this novel are tied in double and triple knots, but clean prose carries the reader through a neat process of untying them, even if credibility is strained by Anita's readiness to become sexually involved with the hero before she has so much as removed the bandages from her injuries. In an interesting twist, characteristic of his playful literary sensibility, Taibo portrays Shayne's encounter with a writer of dubious success who bears the author's own given names, Paco Ignacio. Taibo takes the gumshoe into new regions of the map and of the imagination.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In An Easy Thing (Viking, 1990), a diffuse detective novel mixing history, mystery, and literature, Spanish-Mexican writer Taibo introduced detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne, a tough-guy Mexican detective fond of soda pop. In Some Clouds , the detective reappears to take on a corrupt cop. When an old man named Costa dies of a heart attack, a large fortune in his name is discovered in various parts of Mexico. Two of his sons are subsequently killed and a third driven mad. When the widow of one of the brothers is beaten, raped, and threatened if she does not give up the inheritance, Belascoaran Shayne investigates, getting clues from an old college chum-become-mob-boss and a novelist who writes books very much like those of Taibo himself. Taibo focuses the plot of this slim volume more than in his earlier book, but a pervasive, grisly fatalism; the powerful depiction of Mexico City's corruption; and Belascoaran Shayne himself are what make the book worth reading.
- Harold Augen braum, Mercantile Lib., New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sitting in Mexico on an unseasonably cloudy day, I picked up my newly-purchased copy of Some Clouds, feeling a certain amount of order in the cosmos, along with happy anticipation. Then I discovered that today (as I'm writing this) is Paco Ignacio Taibo II's birthday. Then I discovered that Some Clouds, the third in his Hector Belascoarán Shayne detective series, seemed to have an undeservedly low number of Amazon-stars. (The Spanish version has -- at the moment -- one more star than the English, which is plain strange. Not only are both versions excellent reading, but William I. Neuman, who translated this volume into English, is really brilliant. I think that Spanish-to-English translators of contemporary Mexican literature could probably use Algunas Nubes/Some Clouds as a sort of how-to text.)
So on this serendipitous day for me and natal day for the author, and having just finished this excellent, many-layered mystery, I wanted to highly recommend it -- and all the wild and edifying series that features Basque-Irish-absurdist detective Hector Belascoarán Shayne, presenting the city of Mexico in such an authentic and ironic light. While the series hardly needs to be read in any sort of order, I believe the chronology for titles is: (Días de Combate), An Easy Thing, Some Clouds, No Happy Ending, Return to the Same City, (Amorosas Frantasmas), Frontera Dreams, (Desvanecidos Difuntos), (Adiós, Madrid)-- with those yet-to-appear-in-English in parentheses.
and, Feliz Cumpleaños to Paco Ignacio Taibo II !
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3.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT STYLE, DIFFERENT FORCE Jan. 15 2000
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OF ALL PACO IGNACIO TAIBO'S BOOKS THIS IS HIS TIGHTEST. I'VE READ TWO OTHERS AND A PART OF A FOURTH THINKING ONE MAY BE BETTER THAN THIS, BUT IF YOU LIKE AN AUTHOR IT'S A PERSONAL DECISION. I WAS ATTRACTED BY A MYSTERY AUTHOR FROM ANOTHER CULTURE WRITING ABOUT A PRIVATE EYE IN THAT CULTURE AND IN THAT RESPECT SOME CLOUDS WAS A SUCCESS. THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS, THE DIFFERENT SETTING. SATURDAY AFTERNOON READING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery -- & Feliz Cumpleaños to Taibo II ! Jan. 11 2003
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Sitting in Mexico on an unseasonably cloudy day, I picked up my newly-purchased copy of Some Clouds, feeling a certain amount of order in the cosmos, along with happy anticipation. Then I discovered that today (as I'm writing this) is Paco Ignacio Taibo II's birthday. Then I discovered that Some Clouds, the third in his Hector Belascoarán Shayne detective series, seemed to have an undeservedly low number of Amazon-stars. (The Spanish version has -- at the moment -- one more star than the English, which is plain strange. Not only are both versions excellent reading, but William I. Neuman, who translated this volume into English, is really brilliant. I think that Spanish-to-English translators of contemporary Mexican literature could probably use Algunas Nubes/Some Clouds as a sort of how-to text.)

So on this serendipitous day for me and natal day for the author, and having just finished this excellent, many-layered mystery, I wanted to highly recommend it -- and all the wild and edifying series that features Basque-Irish-absurdist detective Hector Belascoarán Shayne, presenting the city of Mexico in such an authentic and ironic light. While the series hardly needs to be read in any sort of order, I believe the chronology for titles is: (Días de Combate), An Easy Thing, Some Clouds, No Happy Ending, Return to the Same City, (Amorosas Fantasmas), Frontera Dreams, (Desvanecidos Difuntos), (Adiós, Madrid)-- with those yet-to-appear-in-English in parentheses.

and, Feliz Cumpleaños to Paco Ignacio Taibo II !
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one Aug. 26 2014
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This is a great writer.A literate and exciting book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT STYLE, DIFFERENT FORCE Jan. 15 2000
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OF ALL PACO IGNACIO TAIBO'S BOOKS THIS IS HIS TIGHTEST. I'VE READ TWO OTHERS AND A PART OF A FOURTH THINKING ONE MAY BE BETTER THAN THIS, BUT IF YOU LIKE AN AUTHOR IT'S A PERSONAL DECISION. I WAS ATTRACTED BY A MYSTERY AUTHOR FROM ANOTHER CULTURE WRITING ABOUT A PRIVATE EYE IN THAT CULTURE AND IN THAT RESPECT SOME CLOUDS WAS A SUCCESS. THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS, THE DIFFERENT SETTING. SATURDAY AFTERNOON READING.
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