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Book Review: Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura

By Angela Youngman Apr 6, 2007, 18:46 GMT

Book Review: Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura

Lieutenant Mario Conde is suffering from a terrible New Year\'s Eve hangover. Though it\'s the middle of a weekend, he is asked to urgently investigate the mysterious disappearance of Rafael Morin, a high-level business manager in the Cuban nomenklatura. Conde remembered Morin from their student days: good-looking, brilliant, a "reliable comrade\'\' who always got what he wanted, including Tamara, the girl Conde was after. But Rafael Morin\'s exemplary rise from a ...more

An unusual detective story set in Havana. Something of an anti-hero; Lieutenant Mario Conde is asked to investigate the disappearance of Rafael Morin. Morin is a high level manager in a Cuban ministry, involved with the export/import business and has contacts with the foreign businessmen. 

Worse still, Morin had a habit of getting exactly what he wanted - even Conde's girlfriend back in their student days. Investigating the disappearance brings Conde and his ex girlfriend back into contact; highlighting the gulf in lifestyles that now exists. What is the truth behind Morin's disappearance? Conde moves at a steady pace to solve the mystery, hindered at times by government functionaries. 

There are interesting highlights of life in Cuba both high and low. A fair story, but one which did not always keep my attention.

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