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DEAD OF NIGHT.

Abella, Alex.

ISBN 10: 0684814269 / ISBN 13: 9780684814261
Published by NY: SIMON & SCHUSTER. 1998, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth. First Edition. Signed by Author. SIGNED by Alex Abella on the title page. Fine in dj. (S); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 18150

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Title: DEAD OF NIGHT.

Publisher: NY: SIMON & SCHUSTER. 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Combination lawyer and private detective Charlie Morrell must face down not only an evil santero leading a cult in ritual torture, but his own bloody past that separates him from his wife and infant son

Review:

Alex Abella's first book about Cuban American private eye turned lawyer Charlie Morell, The Killing of the Saints, got some fine notice for its vivid writing and its unusual setting--the small but lively Cuban American subculture in Los Angeles. The mysteries and rituals of the religion known as santeria play a large part in this new story, as Morell searches for the murderer of his friend, Armando, who first got him interested in the subject. "We're not all like Ramon Valdez, Charlie," Armando says about the villain of the first book. "He was a devil worshipper. We follow the path of the light. You should come see us sometime." As Morell tells us, "with those simple words Armando opened the door to my own forgiveness. No, I did not find salvation at the foot of some ridiculous idol, nor did I pledge my soul to an imp from the African forest.... I came to see that in its theological complexity, hierarchical subtleties and accumulated wisdom, santeria was as passionate and stirring as the ancient Greco-Roman myths, as enlightening as the unfolding monads of Hinduism." Charlie--called "the voodoo counselor" by a sarcastic cop--will need all the enlightenment he can muster as he discovers that the brutal killer has made him his next target. Amidst all the local color and considerable bloodletting, Abella proves that he also knows how to deliver a suspenseful mystery. --Dick Adler

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