Peggy Blair The Poisoned Pawn

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The Poisoned Pawn

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When Cuban Inspector Ricardo Ramirez is dispatched to Canada   and told to bring home a priest found in possession of child pornography depicting Cuban children, he knows his job will be hard enough. But it gets worse once he’s in Ottawa, and women in Havana start dropping dead from a mysterious toxin. Worried about his family, powerless to help pathologist Hector Apiro, and faced with the threat of a Canadian travel advisory that could shut down Cuban tourism, Ramirez tries focus on his mission. As he does, he untangles a web of deceit and depravity that extends all the way from the corridors of power in Ottawa to those of the Vatican , and uncovers a cold-blooded killer.

The Poisoned Pawn is the gripping, fast-paced sequel to the award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery The Beggar’s Opera. Evoking the crumbling beauty of Old Havana and featuring Inspector Ramirez, a man haunted by the victims of his unsolved cases, it’s perfect for fans of Donna Leon and Martin Cruz Smith who love exotic settings and unforgettable characters.

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Peggy Blair was a lawyer for more than thirty years. Her critically  acclaimed mystery The Beggar’s Opera won the 2012 Scotiabank  Giller Prize Readers’ Choice contest and was shortlisted for the  Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award. The Poisoned Pawn  is the second in the Inspector Ramirez series. Peggy lives in Ottawa.

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*Starred Review* Blair follows up her outstanding debut, The Beggar’s Opera (2013), with another superb crime novel starring Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of Havana’s Major Crimes Unit, who sees and communicates with the dead bodies whose murders he is investigating. (Are those bodies real? Two schools of thought on that.) This time the action picks up right where the previous novel left off, with Ramirez wrapping up loose ends in the case of Canadian policeman Mike Ellis, accused and then absolved of the rape and murder of a Havana boy. The battle of lead-footed bureaucracies—Cuba’s dictatorial morass and Canada’s equally byzantine democratic quagmire—require that Ramirez travel to Ottawa to see to the charging of the pedophile priest at the center of the Cuban child-abuse scandal. But powerful figures in both governments have hidden agendas regarding the priest, and Ramirez can’t help throwing himself into the muddle. Meanwhile, Ellis’ wife has mysteriously died on her flight home from Havana to Ottawa, prompting more jurisdictional issues. There’s lots more than that going on, too, and Blair brilliantly unspools her tightly wound plot, revealing more than one shocker in the process. This is a fine series with a thoroughly outstanding cast—not only Ramirez, a wonderful blend of befuddlement and shrewdness, but also Havana pathologist Hector Apiro, whose bone-deep cynicism masks a sensitive soul, and the Canadian lawyer Celia Jones, who can’t seem to stay out of harm’s way. Expect to hear much more about this series; it’s just waiting to be discovered in the big way it deserves. --Bill Ott

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