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No Happy Ending

A Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Mystery

By Paco Ignacio Taibo, William I. Neuman (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 171 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 June 2003
Praise for No Happy Ending... "The real enchantment of Mr. Taibo's storytelling art lies in the 'wild and melancholy' tango of life he sees everywhere." -New York Times review of Some Clouds "This existential tale shows off Taibo's ruminative and melancholy detective at his rawest and most surprising." -Publishers Weekly First, Dectective Hector Belascoaran Shayne discovers the body of a dead actor, dressed like a Roman in full breastplate and regalia, and propped up on the toilet in his office. Shortly thereafter, he receives a threatening letter and a snapshot of another murdered corpse. As Hector investigates the killings, he discovers that both share a connection to a dead stuntman named Zorak who apparently perished while training a government-backed paramilitary group. Once again, the one-eyed anarchist detective finds himself up against the very institutions that persecute the downtrodden and oppress the masses. In typical Taibo fashion, Hector appears destined to lose.... Paco Ignacio Taibo II has lived in Mexico City since 1958 when his family fled from Spain to escape the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Considered the founder of the neopolitical genre in Latin America, his novels featuring Mexican private investigator Hector Belascoaran Shayne are among his most popular works.


The body discovered in the bathroom of the Mexico City office of Hector Belascoaran Shayne is dressed as a Roman soldier but the history that Taibo's ``independent detective'' probes in this dark, indelible tale is considerably more recent and local. A photo of another corpse, a one-way ticket to New York City and a warning note--``Don't get involved''--draw Shayne into a case he knows nothing about, at first. He determines that the two dead men once assisted a deceased stunt artist named Zorak, who was rumored to be associated with Los Halcones, a secret government paramilitary organization responsible for many deaths during a demonstration of university students in l970. Aided by his office mates, an upholsterer, a plumber and a sewer engineer, and by his lover, ``the woman with the pony tail,'' Shayne hews to his investigative line even as he is relentlessly pursued himself. The body count mounts as the one-eyed detective, in a continuing course of car chases, shootings and close escapes (even in a commandeered bus), closes in on the politics behind the puzzle of who is after whom and why. Originally published in 1981 and seamlessly translated by Neuman, this existential tale shows off Taibo's ruminative and melancholy detective at his rawest and most surprising. Other Shayne books available in the U.S. are Some Clouds , Shadow of the Shadow and An Easy Thing . Author tour. (Sept.)

EAN: 9781590580387
ISBN: 1590580389
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Dimensions: 21.59 x 14.22 x 1.14 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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