The body: Renato Castratte lies over wet pavement after falling from the balcony of an apartment building. The mission: Lieutenant Imanol Petafunte must uncover the motives behind the violent death. The witness: Prestigious lawyer Sera Peñablanca, Renato's secret lover and future wife of wealthy Luciano L. Maravilla. The determining factor: A persistent rain that forebodes the arrival of a new hurricane in Santo Domingo.
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Candela (Spanish Edition)User Review - Book Verdict
Against his superiors' orders, Lt. Imanol Petafunte decides to investigate the mysterious death of Renato Castratto, a lowlife who was having an affair with the wife of a member of Santo Domingo's high society. Petafunte thus becomes acquainted with the colorful group surrounding Castratto. The "Candela" of the title, a black prostitute marginalized for her Haitian heritage, serves as a link between the more than a dozen characters. But it is the gloomy city of Santo Domingo, as it prepares for a hurricane, that the 31 year-old up-and-coming Dominican author captures best. AndÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½jar offers a crude if sensual portrait of the Caribbean city, echoing urban tropical writers such as Cuba's Leonardo Padura Fuentes or Brazil's Rubem Fonseca. His lush and gritty prose focuses on the country's dismal misery and detached high class, its institutional corruption, racism, the shoddy new urban developments (which he calls "mierdÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½polis"), and its vivid street language. Though the author patches together a series of appealing stories and characters without quite achieving the consistency of a novel-it lacks a clear plot and the killer's identity is no mystery-this book nonetheless introduces him as a noteworthy talent. AndÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½jar is a writer to watch in the years to come; recommended for all libraries and bookstores. Carlos RodrÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½guez Martorell, East Elmhurst, NY
Review: CandelaUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
This short novel takes the form of a police procedural unfolding in Santo Domingo as a hurricane approaches. The author is a keen observer of people with an excellent sense of humor that is ... Read full review