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The Shadow of the Shadow

ForeWord Magazine

Once you’ve gotten a handle on the ins and out of the Revolution, follow up with The Shadow of the Shadow by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. The book is a fictionalized account of trade unions’ growing pains and big oil’s sleazy trigger-pulling within Obregon’s government. Taibo is Mexico’s premier crime novelist, with history and politics always participating in the murder and mayhem. The Shadow of the Shadow is no exception.

Four friends—a poet, a reporter, a lawyer, and a union organizer—gather under a yellowish circle of light in the Majestic Hotel to play dominoes each night. But after a trombonist is shot in the head and his brother falls from a window and the same woman is present (more or less) at both events, the friends turn to sleuthing. Taibo’s nimble and colorful prose and his picture of early twentieth-century Mexico City is beyond compare.
- May 1, 2008 

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