The Beggar's Opera

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Pintail, 2013 - Fiction - 346 pages
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IN BEAUTIFUL, CRUMBLING OLD Havana, detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage. He doesn't yet know that it's dead in the water, much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malecón.

For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, arresting Ellis isn't the problem--the law is. He has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving the island. And Ramirez has his own troubles. He's dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother, an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of his unsolved cases. As he races against time, the dead haunt his every step. . . .

First in a new series featuring Inspector Ramirez, The Beggar's Opera exposes the bureaucracy, corruption, and beauty of Hemingway's Havana.

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Review: The Beggar's Opera

User Review  - Robert Intriago - Goodreads

I was going to give this book a three star but I enjoyed the twists at the end so much that it moved it up to four. The action takes place in Havana, Cuba, and involves what I think are several main ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nadine - Goodreads

There's a great sense of place in this mystery set in Havanna, Cuba. Canadian Mike Ellis has taken his wife here to rekindle their marriage. The attempt fails, and Mike finds himself the suspect in a ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Peggy Blair was a lawyer for more than thirty years. A recognized expert in Aboriginal law, she worked as both a criminal defence lawyer and Crown prosecutor. Her critically acclaimed mystery The Beggar's Opera, won the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice award and was selected as one of Amazon's best books in 2012. She lives in Ottawa.

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