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The Colombian Mule (New Blood) (original 2000; edition 2003)

by Massimo Carlotto

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Title:The Colombian Mule (New Blood)
Authors:Massimo Carlotto
Info:Orion (2003), Hardcover, 256 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Crime

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The Colombian Mule by Massimo Carlotto (2000)

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At this time of the year for some reason, goodness knows what, I crave dark, violent, humorous escapism. I crave pulp, noir, hardboiled, I'll even happily take nasty. THE COLOMBIAN MULE delivered exactly what I was looking for.

It doesn't hurt that this isn't a police procedural, a stereotypical lone wolf private detective or any of the expected scenarios as well. Instead we do have a PI, who works with a group of old friends, to solve problems. In this case, the problem is why one man seems to have been set up to take the fall as the recipient of drugs smuggled in by a Columbian man who has a big reason to be worried about himself. What doesn't make sense is why he's seemingly identified the wrong man as his contact. Our hero, ex-con, former blues singer, fixer, secret bar owner and his intrepid team set out to work out what the real story is.

The book is sparse, tight and beautifully balanced, with not an excess word in sight. Peopled with some very original characters, who slide and dodge their way through life, with every action, every act, tempered by the understanding of what doing time in jail will do to a man.

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/colombian-mule-massimo-carlotto ( )
  austcrimefiction | Dec 20, 2012 |
Di Carlotto molto mi piace, e di certo non è la violenza a respingermi, visto come ho commentato i due romanzi con protagonista Giorgio Pellegrini, il più efferato dei criminali possibili. Il fatto è che Giorgio Pellegrini è un criminale che sa di esserlo, se ne sbatte e tira avanti per la sua strada. L'autore lo racconta magistralmente, senza stare né dalla sua parte né contro, e senza nessuna pretesa di farcelo piacere. Esattamente il contrario di quel che accade con i protagonisti della serie dell'Alligatore – di cui fa parte questo romanzo - sia quelli seriali e quelli che entrano nelle varie storie. E questa è una cosa. L'altra è che la storia mi è parsa statica, con i tre – Alligatore, Max e Rossini – che parlano, poi spunta fuori qualcuno che sa una cosa, poi qualcuno che ne sa un'altra… Ma temo che questo mi sia saltato all'occhio per via della travolgente antipatia che mi suscitano i personaggi, tutti indistintamente.
  Lilliblu | Aug 4, 2012 |
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When Colombian Arias Cuevas is caught trying to smuggle drugs through Venice airport, his fear isn't fuelled by the idea of prison. He's much more frightened of his aunt—it was her coke he took off with. The cops set up a sting to find out who was to be the recipient of the drugs, and art smuggler Nazzareno Corradi falls straight into the trap. But he's been set up. His lawyer hires "the Alligator," and his fixer, Max, to find out what's going on. Soon it becomes apparent why Cuevas was so afraid—the aunt, La Tia, has left a bloody trail in her wake, is now looking to do some business in Italy, and she's not about to let anybody get in her way.

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