"Fast, slick and acerbically funny: buckle up and enjoy the ride." –Guardian
"It reads like a marvellous mash-up of Anita Brookner and Quentin Tarantino." The Times
STARRED REVIEW "Rosende smoothly combines dark humor and farce with moving depictions of the grimmer aspects of life. Elmore Leonard fans will look forward to the sequel." Publishers Weekly
“Two genres merged seamlessly: the gangster saga and the psycho thriller,
all spiced with black humour.” -- Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
“A new genre has emerged: the ‘never underestimate the women’ novel.” – Kaliber 38
“Nothing is as it seems in the novel, the good are not so good, and the bad
are not so bad; the guilty and innocent do not coincide with the true ones,
and in the meantime, the Vivaldi Miserere plays on to atone for all the
faults, ours and those of others.” --Granizo
Barrio by barrio, street by street, in the Ciudad Vieja, the port, the
Rambla, in the rich and less salubrious areas, a vision of Uruguay less
idyllic than what we are usually sold.” -- Trappiche
"Fast, slick and acerbically funny: buckle up and enjoy the ride." Guardian "It reads like a marvellous mash-up of Anita Brookner and Quentin Tarantino." The Times STARRED REVIEW "Rosende smoothly combines dark humor and farce with moving depictions of the grimmer aspects of life. Elmore Leonard fans will look forward to the sequel." Publishers Weekly The story is set in Uruguay, it starts in a Montevideo prison where Diego waits for his lawyer, the slick Dr Antinucci, always raybanned, chain-smoking, never frisked by the prison guards. Diego, betrayed by his partner in crime, was arrested for kidnapping a businessman. But charges will not be pressed. The businessman and his wife have described Diego as duped by his partner, certainly no master criminal, so he will be let out. But Antonucci has plans for him, a favour must be returned for his surprising freedom, he must join forces with the psychopath the Hobo and hold up an armoured truck in Montevideo. The mad and hilarious caper includes the robbery of course which degenerates into appalling violence, a few murders, and the general bungling of affairs by all the men involved. It is the belittled women, including Police Inspector Lima, who end up the true heroines of the story. This seemingly classic lowlife crime story has a powerful message: never, ever underestimate the women. All told with excoriating wit and humour from the Rio de la Plata.