Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Black Minutes by Martin Solares

The Black Minutes (2010)

by Martin Solares

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
157376,038 (3.59)8



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 8 mentions

Showing 3 of 3
A surreal, postmodern novel masquerading as a police procedural, Solares's book tells the story of two different police investigations in the fictional Mexican town of Paracuán, Tamaulipas. In the first, a none-too-bright detective is assigned to pursue the killer of a young journalist. His story is interrupted when someone tries to kill him, and the novel rewinds twenty years to recount the story of a previous police detective pursuing a serial killer in the same town. The two storylines come together in the end, but the real crimes discovered in the novel are not the murders, but the politicking and corruption that threaten to derail each investigation. Solares does a great job ratcheting up the suspense at key moments and has a wry sense of humor. Reminded me a bit of Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
This book is like the mainstream version of Roberto Bolaño's 2666. It shares oddly similar plot points, including the mass murder of women (in this one schoolgirls are being murdered instead of the women in 2666), a mysterious German writer, a black pick-up truck, brutal policemen, corrupt politicians, etc. But it doesn't share Bolaño's scope and it neatly answers most of the questions it sets up. It's fun to read but it won't change your life. ( )
  giovannigf | Sep 4, 2011 |
From: Mexican Detective Cabrera Listens to Cumbia

Justice is fickle in this fictional Mexican city on the East coast of Mexico in the state of Tamaulipas just south of the US-Mexico border. The Black Minutes by Martín Solares is a violent story of the search for a serial murderer in a fictional world of police brutality, corruption and government ineptitude. There are some comic scenes and there are moving and tranquil moments that lighten the reading, but the overall impact is one of grim reality.

Solares, in his first novel has provided some new insight into the violent history of the Mexican states along the US-Mexican border. But, if you read the novel, be prepared for a sometimes-frightening story in which there are no winners. This is fiction noir at its best.

The Black Minutes (Los Minutos Negros), Martín Solares (2006).
### ( )
  cartoslibrary | Jul 8, 2011 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Vesta
First words
The first time he saw the journalist, he reckoned him to be twenty years old and he was wrong.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Set in the fictional oil port of Paracuán, Mexican author Solares's debut deftly treads a risky tightrope between police procedural and surreal fantasy. Someone kills young journalist Bernardo Blanco while he's investigating a 20-year-old case involving the serial torture-murders of young girls, violations so horrifying that they sicken even hardened cops. Solares unflinchingly follows both detective Ramón Cabrera, who's assigned to Blanco's murder, and detective Vicente Rangel González, who investigated the original crimes, two idealists barely keeping themselves afloat in a sea of corruption, as they uncover layer after layer of depravity. With continually shifting perspectives and nightmarish intrusions—real or imagined?—of actual people like B. Traven (the enigmatic author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre), this haunting novel forces readers to confront that bedeviling paradox of human nature, the eternal mystery of wickedness. (May)
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

"When a young journalist named Bernardo Blanco is killed in the fictional Mexican port city of Paracuan, investigation into his murder reveals missing links in a disturbing multiple homicide case from twenty years earlier. As police officer Ramon Cabrera discovers, Blanco had been writing a book about a 1970's case dealing with the murder of several young schoolgirls in Paracuan by a man known as the Jackal..."--Front inside flap.… (more)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
8 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.59)
0.5 1
2.5 1
3 5
3.5 2
4 11
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,568,079 books! | Top bar: Always visible