Hector Belascoaran Shayne

Hector Belascoaran Shayne is Paco Ignacio Taibo II fictional private-eye. Most of the information I was gathering in order to write about Hector Belascoaran Shayne seems to me pretty well summarised in this post:  An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, I won’t do it any better. Hector Belascoaran series includes the following titles:

Días de combate (1976)

Cosa fácil (1977) English translation: An Easy Thing (2002)

Algunas nubes (1985) English translation: Some Clouds (2002)

No habrá final feliz (1981) English translation: No Happy Ending (2003)

Regreso a la misma ciudad y bajo la lluvia (1989) English translation: Return to the Same City (2007)

Amorosos fantasmas (1989)

Sueños de frontera (1990) English translation: Frontera Dreams (2002)

Desvanecidos difuntos (1991)

Adiós Madrid (1993) (The only novel that is not located in Mexico City)

Muertos incómodos (2004-2005) English translation: The Uncomfortable Dead (2006)

Paco Ignacio Taibo II at Wikipedia

>Irish Crime Fiction


If there are more readers like me interested on Irish Crime Fiction I found that these links provide some useful tips on where to start. Besides Rob Kitchin’s books, of course. 

Brian McGilloway’s top 10 modern Irish crime novels

Irish Crime Writing Baseball Team

Ireland finds its place on Noir map

2010 Global Reading Challenge Update

global_challenge_expertBack in December I decided to participate in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge and I signed first for the Easy Level. However I was also ready to upgrade my participation to Medium, once accomplished that first step. Six months later, today, I’ve made the Expert Level and I have upgraded my participation to the Extremist Level.

The Extremist Level requires me to read, during the course of this year, three books from each one of these continents: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America (incl Central America), South America, two novels set in Antarctica plus a “wildcard” novel (a novel from a place or period that is NEW to me).

In addition to above I have restricted myself voluntarily to crime fiction only from new to me authors and trying to cover as many countries as possible. Here I am so far:


1. A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (Botswana) Read on January 11th.

2. Like Clockwork by Margie Orford (South Africa) Read on April 29th.

3. ???????

I have had very good suggestions but still need to make up my mind, besides having two books by Deon Meyer up in my TBR pile but those do not qualify since I’ve already covered South Africa


4. The Gigolo Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer (Turkey) Read on February 15th.

5. Out by Natsuo Kirino (Japan) Read on April 21st.

6. Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (China) TBR.

I received also very good suggestions, particularly Inspector Singh series and All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe, which I have added to my wish list. I would also like to read some Colin Coterill novels set in Laos.


7. Dead Point by Peter Temple (Australia) Read on January, 29th.

8. Overkill by Vanda Symon (New Zealand) Read on April 3rd.

9. Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave (New Zealand) TBR.

My plan is to read also Captured by Neil Cross.


10.  Death Rites by Alicia Giménez- Bartlett (Spain) Read on January 3rd.

11. Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum (Norway) Read on March 8th.

12. Basic Shareholder by Petros Márkaris (Greece) TBR.

Here I still have plenty of places to cover, like Italy, France or Ireland to name but a few.

North America:

13. Havana Gold by Leonardo Padura (Cuba) Read on February 9th.

14. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (USA) Read on March 18th.

15. A Sweet Scent of Death by Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico) TBR.

South America:  

16. Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru) Read on January 18th.

17. Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) Read on March 23rd.

18. The Lost Manuscript by Rubem Fonseca (Brazil) TBR.

I’ve also found a number of authors that have boosted my wish list like Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, (Brazil), Ernesto Mallo (Argentina) and Leighton Gage, another Brazilian nut as myself.


19. Purgatory Road by Bob Reiss Read on May 24th.

20. In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews Read on June 14th.


21. City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri (Potosí, now Bolivia) TBR.

I love this challenge, it’s been great fun so far to discover new authors. Thank you very much Dorte for carrying out this great idea and to all fellow participants for their suggestions.

The 2010 Global Reading Challenge is hosted by Dorte at DJs krimiblog with the technical assistance of Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise and you still have time to participate this year. Don’t miss it, you still have time to join it.

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