RETURN TO THE SAME CITY

Taibo, Paco Ignacio II

ISBN 10: 0892965908 / ISBN 13: 9780892965908
Published by New York: Mysterious Press, 1996. dj, 1996
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First US printing. The return of his one-eyed dectective Hector Belascoaran Shayne. Although Taibo was born in Spain, he has lived in Mexico since 1958, and his work often reflects the underside of life there, from the drug trade to the arms trade. Translated by Laura Dail. INSCRIBED in Spanish on the title page and dated in 2007. He has been awarded the International Dashiell Hammett prize for three of his novels. 178 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 43993

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Title: RETURN TO THE SAME CITY

Publisher: New York: Mysterious Press, 1996. dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The last Hector Belascoaran Shayne mystery from Paco Ignacio Taibo II ended with the one-eyed detective lying in the oily rain of Mexico City, his body perforated with bullets. Now the author of this hugely popular, highly political, endlessly inventive series of novels proves that no miracle is beyond his reach. Hector Belascoaran Shayne rises from the dead.
He's a gun-carrying argonaut of Mexico City, city of strikes and pollution, "cemetery of dreams." He doesn't want to be alive, but he is, and when a woman tells him a sob story about her sister's death at the hands of a handsome rumba dancer in white patent leather shoes named Luke Estrella, Hector agrees to do something about him.
In a Mexico City hotel the detective meets a battered, alcoholic gringo who's after the same man. On Acapulco Bay, nearly blinded by bikinied beauties, the detective shadows Estrella, who once owned porn shops in Cuba, cut off the hands of Che Guevara, and is now meeting with CIA operatives and a trafficker of stolen archeological treasures. Before Hector can decide whether he is pursuing Estrella or Estrella is pursuing him, he finds himself on a flight to Tijuana, for a confrontation with a killer.

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"How do we coexist without rotting in sadness?" asks private detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne of his beleaguered and beloved Mexico. Not your typical PI, Shayne is prone to bouts of existential crisis. But that doesn't stop him from trying to solve the murder of a Cuban rhumba dancer's wife. Nor does it protect him from a fusillade of bullets fired by a Mariachi band, or from an entanglement with the C.I.A. while in Mexico investigating the woman's death. Paco Ignacio Taibo killed off Shayne in No Happy Ending,but he has resurrected the one-eyed sleuth for Return to the Same City. How? Who knows? A deep thinker and a darkly humorous character, Shayne is the perfect companion for a literary visit to the spiritual side of Mexico.

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