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Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina.

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ISBN 10: 0399143866 / ISBN 13: 9780399143861
Published by Putnam., NY:, 1998
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Garcia-Aguilera. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with remainder mark. Bookseller Inventory # 9369

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Publisher: Putnam., NY:

Publication Date: 1998

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Edition: 1st edition

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Miami P.I. Lupe Solano has been called "funny, sexy, and Miami-smart" by Nelson DeMille, and "an absolute joy" by The Miami Herald. Now the celebrated sleuth returns. In a sweeping story that takes readers from the last days of Batista's Havana, to the Guantanamo Bay refugee camp, to Miami's high society, Lupe takes the case of a balsero-a refugee who escaped Cuba by raft. Luis is a drifter living in a flophouse, but he claims Miami's most prominent Cuban couple has robbed his family and arranged for his murder. Lupe is instantly drawn to Luis, and his sense of honor. But the case becomes troubling when innocent people are killed and when her feelings for her client become more than professional. A page-turning mystery, a remarkable glimpse into the lives of all strata of Cuban-American society, and a fascinating look into the moral quandaries an investigator faces, Bloody Secrets is Garcia-Aguilera's boldest achievement yet.

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Miami private investigator Lupe Solano's new case goes back 40 years--to the evening before Castro captured Havana, when Luis Delgado's father and Miguel de la Torre decided to liquidate their holdings and leave Cuba. The de la Torres escaped, but Luis' family did not. Luis eventually left Cuba by raft and is now trying to reclaim the family share of the money from the de la Torres, who have become among the most prominent of Miami families. After he is nearly murdered, Luis uses a diamond his parents gave him to hire Lupe and attorney Tommy McDonald, Lupe's occasional boyfriend, to recover the money. This third Lupe Solano novel is uneven but not without interest. The dialogue is lively; the intriguing and amusing characters are well developed; and Garcia-Aguilera does a good job of educating readers about recent Cuban history. Unfortunately, the mystery element is weak, a flaw throughout the series. Still, Lupe is unique among Miami sleuths, and as a whole, the series' strengths outweigh its weaknesses. John Rowen

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