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The Acid Test

by Elmer Mendoza

It was not always easy to stick with the rapid, minimally punctuated prose but it's well worth it. Detective Lefty Mendieta is a great hero in the American tradition, the plot is amazingly convoluted and Mexico really comes to life. My first 'narco noir' novel but definitely not my last.

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... Mendieta did not feel like talking to Dr Parra: bearded fuck, let him wait. From the door the manager watched like a hawk. When did this guest arrive? Yesterday noon. Did you see him? No, he went through reception like everyone else. Call the clerk who registered him .... I don't think this guy's the guest, he's someone who came looking for him.
Translated by Mark Fried

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