The Alphabet in Crime Fiction, M is for Mallo, Ernesto Mallo

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My “M” is for Mallo, Ernesto Mallo (Argentina 1948) started out as a playwright and script writer, beginning his career as a novelist in 2004. His first novel Needle in a Haystack (Bitter Lemon, 2010) – Original Spanish title: La aguja en el pajar (Planeta, 2006) aka Crimen en el Barrio del Once, was a finalist for the Clarín-Alfaguara Novel Prize, in 2006, and received the Silverio Cañada Memorial Prize 2007, given during the Noir Week festival held in Gijón. Belonging to the detective genre, Mallo’s novels, while works of fiction, are always grounded in precise historical moments. (From Guillermo Schavelzon Agencia Literaria)

Sweet Money (Bitter Lemon, 2011) – Original Spanish title: Delincuente argentino (Planeta, 2007), his second novel, will be released in the UK in June 2011 and in the US in October 2011.

See also Bitter Lemon Press.

Publisher’s blurb: Superintendent Lascano is a detective working under the shadow of military rule in Buenos Aires in the late 1970s. He is sent to investigate the discovery of two bodies but when he arrives at the roadside crime scene he finds three. Two are clearly the work of the junta’s death squads, and so should not be investigated by the police, but the other one seems different. Lascano follows the trail, leading the reader on a tour of a Buenos Aires poisoned to the core by the military regime.
Lascano must navigate gingerly among characters symbolic of an Argentina that has lost its way: Amancio, whose privileged upbringing makes him unable to deal with the collapse of his fortunes; Biterman, the miser, embittered beyond hope by his experiences in Nazi Germany; Eva the young radical, condemned to a life on the run, death or exile, but forced to take refuge with a cop; Giribaldi, the army major, quick to help old friends, but cruel and contemptuous of everyday civilians. Buenos Aires, corrupted by the military regime, is as important a character as any other.
Lascano must uphold the law among the people and turn a blind eye to the actions of the regime, trying to bring justice to an unjust society, where some crimes are for investigation, others are not. Of course, the crime he investigates in Needle in a Haystack turns out to be one of those he should not.
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Following Needle In a Haystack (Bitter Lemon, 2010), the second book in the trilogy featuring Inspector Lascano, Sweet Money (Bitter Lemon, 2011), is set in the early 1980s, just after the fall of the dictatorship.

Publisher’s blurb: Superintendent Lascano is drawn into a war between the Buenos Aires Chief of Police and the Apostles, drug-dealing cops who want to control the city. When the Chief of Police is murdered Lascano becomes the Apostles’ next target. His only way out of the country is to retrieve the loot from a bungled bank robbery.
Mallo paints a scathing portrait of Argentina where the Junta’s generals are paraded in court in civilian clothes, treated like mere petty thieves. The mothers and grandmothers of “The Plaza de Mayo” see the people who have stolen their children go unpunished; corruption and violence continue to rule. But at the centre of the novel is a touching portrayal of two broken men, a cop and a robber, whose humanity is sorely tested by the times and events racking this proud country
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El Alfabeto del Crimen, M es por Mallo, Ernesto Mallo

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Mi "M"es por Mallo, Ernesto Mallo (Argentina 1948) se inició como dramaturgo y guionista y, el 2004 empezó su faceta como novelista. Su primera novela La aguja en el pajar (Planeta, 2006), se acaba de publicar en España como Crimen en el Barrio del Once (Siruela, 2011), fue finalista del Premio Clarín-Alfaguara de Novela, 2006 y obtuvo el Premio Memorial Silverio Cañada, que otorga la Semana Negra de Gijón. Adscrito al género policial, las novelas de Mallo, aunque relatos de ficción, siempre tienen anclajes y personajes en momentos históricos precisos. (Guillermo Schavelzon Agencia Literaria). Delincuente argentino (Planeta, 2007), su segunda novela, será publicada en el Reino Unido en junio de 2011 y en los EE.UU. en octubre de 2011.

En España La aguja en el pajar (Planeta, 2006),se ha publicado en Siruela bajo el título Crimen en el Barrio del Once. La propaganda de la editorial dice: “Lascano, el Perro, un comisario de policía trastornado por la reciente muerte de su mujer, recibe un aviso: han aparecido dos cadáveres cerca del Riachuelo. Pero en el lugar del crimen descubrirá un tercer cuerpo que no tiene las características de los «fusilados» de la época, el de un prestamista judío del Barrio del Once. Investigar el caso no será fácil para Lascano…
En esta novela policiaca, con el marco histórico de la dictadura y violencia política que vivió Argentina en los años 1970, policías, militares, jóvenes en la clandestinidad y miembros de la clase alta componen una trama en la que el juego de los personajes, la riqueza de las descripciones y los diálogos alcanzan una memorable potencia narrativa.
Ernesto Mallo exhibe un dominio admirable de la mejor tradición policiaca al tratar este tema que conoció de primera mano, manteniendo de forma magistral el suspense en una historia compleja, ajustada al milímetro y que no da respiro al lector
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La propaganda editorial de Delincuente argentino dice: “El fin de la dictadura y el advenimiento de la democracia. Asesinos y ladrones, policías y militares se siguen cruzando en un teatro en donde buenos y malos redefinen sus roles en el país que se viene. El "Perro" Lascano se recupera de las heridas que recibió en un enfrentamiento con el grupo de tareas del mayor Giribaldi. Lo perdió todo: su casa, su trabajo como comisario de la Federal y a Eva, el amor de su vida, que debió exiliarse. Decidido a partir en su busca, acepta un "trabajo" que le proveerá el dinero necesario para encarar el viaje: tiene que dar con el "Topo" Miranda, un delincuente a la antigua que robó dinero "negro" de un banco.”

Visit Amazon’s Ernesto Mallo Page

Ernesto Mallo’s Official Website

Mis entradas anteriores:

First Quarter 2011 – Summary

Books read (18)

My preferences (in no particular order): Jo Nesbo (The Redeemer and The Snowman), Ricardo Piglia (Blanco Nocturno) and Andrea Camilleri (The Wings of the Sphinx).

2011 Crime Fiction Alphabet

Books added to my TBR

Currently Reading

To Be Read Next

To be continued……

International Dagger Speculation (2011) Update

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Currently reading An Uncertain Place (Un lugar incierto) by Fred Vargas.

Have read so far: The Wings of the Sphinx (Las alas de la esfinge) by Andrea Camilleri, Needle in a Haystack (La aguja en el pajar) by Ernesto Mallo, Three Seconds by Roslund-Hellstrom, Red Wolf by Liza Marklund ,  A Short Cut to Paradise (Atajo al Paraíso) by Teresa Solana, The Troubled Man (El hombre inquieto) by Henning Mankell and Death on a Galician Shore (La playa de los ahogados) by Domingo Villar.

Sitting next on my shelf TBR soon The Leopard by Jo Nesbo.

Have ordered The Inspector and Silence  by Hakan Nesser.

Plan to order next Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum.

Also interested in (no particular order): Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder, The Gallows Bird by Camilla Lackberg,  Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Bunker by Andrea Maria Schenkel, Silence by Jan Costin Wagner, Shadow Sister by Simone van der Vlugt, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler and The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt.

At Euro Crime you can find the post showing all the known eligible titles for 2011.

I almost forgot

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Today is my blogoversary. TG’sA is two years old. I started on 1 April, 2009. One thing I’m particularly proud of is the opportunity to have met you all through the Internet. Thank you very much for being there

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Hoy es mi bloganiversario. TG’sA cumple dos años. Empecé el 1 de abril de 2009. Una cosa de la que estoy particularmente orgulloso es de la oportunidad de haberles conocido a todos através de Internet. Muchas gracias por estar ahí.

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