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Titolo: DEAD OF NIGHT (SIGNED)
Casa editrice: Simon and Schuster, New York
Data di pubblicazione: 1998
Legatura: Hard Cover
Condizione libro: Very Fine
Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Fine
autografato: Signed by Author
Edizione: First Edition
In Dead of Night, a novel by the author of the acclaimed thriller The Killing of the Saints, Alex Abella features the return of Charlie Morell, the fierce and impassioned Cuban-American lawyer -- And sometime private investigator.
Charlie Morell finds himself once again facing a landscape of unrelenting evil cloaked in the mesmerizing rituals of the Afro-Cuban religions santería and palo mayombé, which summon ancient spiritual powers to the service of its modern-day practitioners.
Morell becomes entrapped in the maw of the occult when he promises an old friend of his recently deceased mother that he will march for her missing godson. Morell soon discovers that the godson, Ricardo Díaz, is a priest of palo mayombé who heads a black-magic cult that conducts gruesome ceremonies of torture and human sacrifice. Galvanized by the unspeakable depravities of Díaz and his followers, and by the horrific murder of a close friend, a good-hearted priest of santería, Morell sets out after his quarry.
But Díaz proves to be more elusive and diabolical than anyone imagines, and Morell's pursuit takes him from the mansions and cemeteries of Miami to the scorched hinterlands of Baja California and the seamy barrios of Los Angeles. As he cleaves to the killer's trail, Morell realizes he is both hunter and hunted, tracker and prey. In a precipitous and unexpected ending, with the lives of those he loves the most hanging in the balance, he sees that salvation will be found only in his own tortured past.Review:
Alex Abella's first book about Cuban American private eye turned lawyer Charlie Morell, The Killing of the Saints, got some fine notice for its vivid writing and its unusual setting--the small but lively Cuban American subculture in Los Angeles. The mysteries and rituals of the religion known as santeria play a large part in this new story, as Morell searches for the murderer of his friend, Armando, who first got him interested in the subject. "We're not all like Ramon Valdez, Charlie," Armando says about the villain of the first book. "He was a devil worshipper. We follow the path of the light. You should come see us sometime." As Morell tells us, "with those simple words Armando opened the door to my own forgiveness. No, I did not find salvation at the foot of some ridiculous idol, nor did I pledge my soul to an imp from the African forest.... I came to see that in its theological complexity, hierarchical subtleties and accumulated wisdom, santeria was as passionate and stirring as the ancient Greco-Roman myths, as enlightening as the unfolding monads of Hinduism." Charlie--called "the voodoo counselor" by a sarcastic cop--will need all the enlightenment he can muster as he discovers that the brutal killer has made him his next target. Amidst all the local color and considerable bloodletting, Abella proves that he also knows how to deliver a suspenseful mystery. --Dick Adler
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