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The Acid Test

By Élmer Mendoza

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Egdar "Lefty" Mendieta investigates the death of a notorious stripper in this second sweltering "Narco-lit" noir from the Godfather of Mexican crime fiction

When the mutilated body of Mayra Cabral de Melo is found in a dusty field, Detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta has personal reasons for bringing the culprit to justice. Mayra, a well-known stripper, had no shortage of ardent, deluded and downright dangerous admirers, and Lefty himself is haunted by the night he spent in her company.

As Mexico's drug war ramps up, Lefty's pursuit of a gallery of jealous and powerful suspects, all with a murderous glint in their eye, leads him to Samantha Valdés, the godfather's daughter, who is battling to retain her father's empire. And as the mystery deepens, the bodycount rises.

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  • ISBN: 9780857053664
  • Publication date: 01 Dec 2016
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  • Imprint: MacLehose Press
One of the biggest names in Mexican literature . . . A true novelist . . . No one has captured the exciting and passionate nature of the Mexican vernacular like him — Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The literary representative of modern-day Mexico in its narco-incarnation . . . The most important thing that's happened in Mexican literature in the last thirty years — Gaby Wood, Sunday Telegraph
If you are fed up with formulaic noir novels and looking for something fresher, Élmer Mendoza . . . could be the answer — John Dugdale, Sunday Times
Presents Mexico in a darkly surrealist light: corrupt politicos, a plague of narco-crime and only battered detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta on the side of the angels — Barry Forshaw, Independent
Mendoza conveys a clear sense of life in Culiacan through the violence of the competing cartels and a simmering expectation and acceptance of corruption — Publishers Weekly
Essential reading. — Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express.
A vivid glimpse into an ultraviolent world of macho posturing, unorthodox policing and ruthless criminality. — Laura Wilson, Guardian.
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