Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos Border towns stand like carnival funhouse mirrors reflecting greed evil and death in both directions Not many American writers have looked as deeply into those mirrors as Kent Harrington DEA Agent

  • Title: Dia de Los Muertos
  • Author: Kent Harrington James Crumley
  • ISBN: 9781592660353
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Border towns stand like carnival funhouse mirrors, reflecting greed, evil, and death in both directions Not many American writers have looked as deeply into those mirrors as Kent Harrington DEA Agent Vincent Calhoun s luck, his suerte, has been golden He and his crooked judicale partner are getting rich coyoteing wealthy crooks and refugees into the U.S from their postBorder towns stand like carnival funhouse mirrors, reflecting greed, evil, and death in both directions Not many American writers have looked as deeply into those mirrors as Kent Harrington DEA Agent Vincent Calhoun s luck, his suerte, has been golden He and his crooked judicale partner are getting rich coyoteing wealthy crooks and refugees into the U.S from their posts in Tijuana Then, on the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, a girl gets off a bus, and Calhoun s luck heads south with a vengeance A rolling nightmare of gambling debts, kinky sex, dengue fever, hot lead, and past sins catches up to Vincent Calhoun in a brutal punch in the mouth story set in a moral no man s land.

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    1. Well, it ain't opening night at the opera," Calhoun reminded himself, saying it out loud. "It's Tijuana at seven o'clock. Pussy, pot or pills is the order of the day!"Calhoun is a DEA agent/criminal who runs a business shuttling paying customers across the border. He's suffering from dengue fever, a gambling losing problem, and a blinding love for a dangerous woman. There's tons of action, sex and an obese man being rolled around on a dolly.Wow! I made that sound really exciting, didn't I? And y [...]

    2. 'Dia De Los Muertos' - Day of the DeadAuthor Kent Harrington has written a deceptively good Mexican noir, personified by the desert grit and inner city grime that molds a second skin to the dangerous characters of his creation. Central to proceedings is Vincent Calhoun, a man sick with dengue fever who gives just as good as he gets. A degenerate gambler and sometimes silent type, he's the typical male lead where a hard man is required. Harrington did a good job at executing the fever pitch and p [...]

    3. The Bad Lieutenant goes to Tijuana. With a little Fear & Loathing thrown in.The book makes such an effort to show the dark side of Tijuana (not difficult) that it creates little empathy for any of the characters. On top of that, many of the characters are stock and familiar.I'll give the book one thing, the pace is breakneck. It hits the ground running and never really lets up. If it's non-stop action you want, I would definitely recommend it. Even if it gets a little silly and over-the-top. [...]

    4. This is a piece of violent noir fiction set in Tijuana, Mexico. The main character is a corrupt, doom-driven U.S. DEA agent who sidelines as a "coyote", running human cargo over the U.S./Mexico border, and wellere's a girl involved (isn't there always?), as well as guns, booze, drugs, sex, tons of regret, madness and rapid-fire, savage death. In some ways, it's reminiscent of Lowry's UNDER THE VOLCANO, at least to meere's a brawling, hallucinatory aspect to some of the prose that seems to fit th [...]

    5. This is a decent, "South of the Border" escapade, though it's by no means one of the better examples of the border-noir genre. "Dia" follows the exploits of an American ex-pat named Calhoun who works by day as a lawman and by night as a smuggler of human cargo across the border. He lives a seedy life as a gambler, suffering from dengue fever and struggling to hold on to the love of a woman who loves another senorita. The writing crackles at times, as when Calhoun goes to the race-track and puts [...]

    6. Nei paesi dell'America latina, e prevalentemente in Messico, il due novembre si celebra il Giorno dei Morti in modo analogo a come la festa è vissuta nell'Italia meridionale. In Sicilia la paura della morte viene esorcizzata con dolci e regali per bambini il cui dono viene attribuito ai cari estinti; in Messico si festeggia il ritorno dei morti tra i vivi per ritrovare l'affetto familiare, una cerimonia cristiana con radici precolombiane. Cortei, epitaffi divertenti dedicati ai defunti (ma anch [...]

    7. Vincent Calhoun is sick with dengue fever. He is sick to his very soul, betraying his country, his oath as a DEA agent, and his "clients." Calhoun is an American drug agent working in Tijuana, indulging in the excesses and corruption of that Mexican border town. He supplements his income - and tries to to cover his losses at the dog track - by smuggling illegal aliens across the border into California. His partner of choice is a Mexican federal cop. His partner of necessity is a well-bred, young [...]

    8. Nei paesi dell'America latina, e prevalentemente in Messico, il due novembre si celebra il Giorno dei Morti in modo analogo a come la festa è vissuta nell'Italia meridionale. In Sicilia la paura della morte viene esorcizzata con dolci e regali per bambini il cui dono viene attribuito ai cari estinti; in Messico si festeggia il ritorno dei morti tra i vivi per ritrovare l'affetto familiare, una cerimonia cristiana con radici precolombiane. Cortei, epitaffi divertenti dedicati ai defunti (ma anch [...]

    9. Vincent Calhoun lives a thrilling life and not one that I envy, but one that took me for a ride and often held me in suspended disbelief. His reality is unapologetically candid and had me looking on with fascinated horror at each turn of events. Vincent is a man from the wrong side of the tracks literally, working in Tijuana for the DEA. With the sort of luck he has had all his life, including a troubled past that saw him leaving his job as a student teacher in a cloud of scandal, it's small won [...]

    10. Oh my I think Harrington is a talented writer who can craft a hard-boiled crime novel. This book focuses on Vincent Calhoun, a DEA agent working in Tijuana, Mexico, who has given in to gambling and corruption. The entire story takes place in about 30 hours, beginning on Nov 1 at 2:00 pm, and ending just short of midnight on the night of Nov 2. In that time frame Harrington manages to cram in several shootings, car chases through the desert, ambushes, drug trafficking, animal doping, loan sharkin [...]

    11. This is a piece of violent noir fiction set in Tijuana, Mexico. The main character is a corrupt, doom-driven U.S. DEA agent who sidelines as a "coyote", running human cargo over the U.S./Mexico border, and wellere's a girl involved (isn't there always?), as well as guns, booze, drugs, sex, tons of regret, madness and rapid-fire, savage death. In some ways, it's reminiscent of Lowry's UNDER THE VOLCANO, at least to meere's a brawling, hallucinatory aspect to some of the prose that seems to fit th [...]

    12. Dia de los Muertos - NRHarrington, Kent A.Set in Tijuana during the Day of the Dead festival on November 2, the story follows Vince Calhoun, a DEA agent gone totally off the rails. As a young man he was a teacher in Southern California -- that is, until he couldn't keep his hands off a sexy student and was brought up on statutory rape charges. He chose Marines over jail, and it's implied, spent some dirty years in Central America at the behest of Uncle Sam. Now, he's a man with nothing to lose, [...]

    13. I never forgot Kent Harrington's "Dark Ride" after I read it. I wondered for years what he had done next, because his work was not easy to find in the bookstores. What I like about the Harrington style is the combination of truly unsettling, often harrowing situations that still contain a pronounced vein of vicious black humor.

    14. Want to get a really gritty feeling and understanding of how things work down on the border. Read Kent Harrington's fascinating novel. It will stay with you long after you close the book.

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