NOVEL. LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE, 2014. 408 PAGES.
The Black Minutes is a witty, accomplished and utterly compelling novel that melds elements of mystery and the fantastic into a literary Noir. Darkly comic, riveting and full of great descriptions of that tropical gulf town called Paracuán, a mixture of Veracruz and Tampico which also is a spicy mixture of machism, drugs, sex and corruption. Macetón Cabrera, the very charismatic detective, tries to catch a serial killer of schoolgirls in Paracuán. That case, thought closed in the 1970's returns to the present day when a young journalist looking into the crime is murdered and a new generation of cops trying to solve this murder realize that the old story has not come to an end. The 1970 and the present are linked by the narration of an alcoholic Jesuit priest who knew the protagonists of the murder and was the teacher of the young journalist.
"With great humour, Martín Solares has written a Noir which transcends
the borders of the genre and develops a sinister portrait of the north of Mexico.
'The black minutes' is a perfect metaphore of our vices, a passionate
and breathtaking novel and a great masterpiece in terms
of language and imagination."
"'The black minutes' is an elegant, very well-written and highly
accomplished novel which mingles the fantastic and the mysterious
in order to create a confusing game of mirrors, where vices and virtues,
criminals and innocents are hardly to distinguish."
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