Tango for a Torturer

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Serpent's Tail, 2006 - False personation - 406 pages
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Aldo Bianchi, an Argentine former revolutionary living in Italy, travels to Havana where he meets the beautiful Bini, a young girl working the hotels with great wit and panache. Bianchi soon discovers via his liaison with Bini that his nemesis, the Uruguayan military torturer Alberto R os, is living under a false identity in Cuba. Putting his tropical holiday on hold, Bianchi goes on the hunt for his sadistic enemy. Daniel Chavarr a portrays the sensuousness and skullduggery of contemporary Havana, a city that offers erotic thrills to pleasure-seeking tourists even as it hides villains in its humid embrace. While R os thrives on bribery and corruption, Bianchi is driven by a desire to see justice done. Tango for a Torturer is a political thriller in which bawdy humour coexists alarmingly with chilling evocations of the evils wrought by military dictatorships in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

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Cuba's leftist dictatorship is the perfect hiding place for a rightist torturer from 1970s Argentina. In unpolluted Havana, perfumed by sea breezes and tropical vegetation, Alberto Rios, aka "Triple-O ... Read full review


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