The Poisoned Pawn (Inspector Ramirez)

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9780143189763: The Poisoned Pawn (Inspector Ramirez)

The gripping, fast-paced sequel to the critically acclaimed The Beggar’s Opera

Detective Mike Ellis returns home after he is cleared in the death of a young boy while on vacation in Cuba, only to discover that his estranged wife, Hilary, is dead, and that he’s the main suspect. Meanwhile, Inspector Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, is dispatched to Ottawa to take custody of a Cuban priest apprehended by authorities while in possession of a laptop full of child pornography. Ramirez will uncover a web of deceit and depravity that extends from the corridors of power in Ottawa to the hallowed halls of the Vatican—and back again.

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Peggy Blair, author of the acclaimed thriller The Beggar’s Opera, has been a lawyer for more than thirty years. Blair spent a Christmas in Old Havana, where she watched bored young policemen along the Malecón, visited Hemingway’s favorite bars, and learned to make the perfect mojito. Author websites: peggyblair.com; twitter.com/peggy_blair

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*Starred Review* Blair follows up her outstanding debut, The Beggar’s Opera (2013), with another superb crime novel starring Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of Havana’s Major Crimes Unit, who sees and communicates with the dead bodies whose murders he is investigating. (Are those bodies real? Two schools of thought on that.) This time the action picks up right where the previous novel left off, with Ramirez wrapping up loose ends in the case of Canadian policeman Mike Ellis, accused and then absolved of the rape and murder of a Havana boy. The battle of lead-footed bureaucracies—Cuba’s dictatorial morass and Canada’s equally byzantine democratic quagmire—require that Ramirez travel to Ottawa to see to the charging of the pedophile priest at the center of the Cuban child-abuse scandal. But powerful figures in both governments have hidden agendas regarding the priest, and Ramirez can’t help throwing himself into the muddle. Meanwhile, Ellis’ wife has mysteriously died on her flight home from Havana to Ottawa, prompting more jurisdictional issues. There’s lots more than that going on, too, and Blair brilliantly unspools her tightly wound plot, revealing more than one shocker in the process. This is a fine series with a thoroughly outstanding cast—not only Ramirez, a wonderful blend of befuddlement and shrewdness, but also Havana pathologist Hector Apiro, whose bone-deep cynicism masks a sensitive soul, and the Canadian lawyer Celia Jones, who can’t seem to stay out of harm’s way. Expect to hear much more about this series; it’s just waiting to be discovered in the big way it deserves. --Bill Ott

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