Buy Crimen en el Barrio del Once / Crime in the Neighborhood of Eleven: El by Ernesto Mallo () by Ernesto Mallo; (ISBN: ) from. The unusual writing style, once I got used to it, only helped in the forward . Ernesto Mallo’s Needle in a Haystack is a wonderful, terrible, tragic book. It is a. Beware. The 18th of January, Editorial Siruela will release in Spain Crimen en el Barrio del Once (Crime in District Eleven), Siruela

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Argentina’s Dirty War didn’t have a happy ending, and neither does this short novel.

Mallo, Ernesto 1948-

View all 3 comments. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jun 03, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: Rather the hook is who will win out between Lascano and Giribaldi; whether justice will prevail. What was the point of that? Apr 13, Joyce McKune rated it did not like it Shelves: This first in a trilogy featuring Buenos Aries police Superintendent “Perro” Lascano, takes place in the midst of the Dirty War, and brings it to life. Usually I could figure out who was talking, but not always.

We simply never learned enough about the characters to build a real connection.

The backdrop of everyday life was violence, torture, and sudden disappearance of anyone thought to be going against the government. Maybe it lost something in the translation, but it was more like reading a dry file of a case than the excitement a thriller should have. May 14, Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Sure, I realize this is art as opposed to poor old eel prose, but gimme I had been looking forward to settling in with this, but couldn’t make it past the first dozen pages.


You basically have to guess who’s speaking and when the other speaker starts speaking.

Mallo accomplishes bringing the reader into the atmosphere of fear and paranoia that must have been part of everyone’s daily lives, and he does it with spare characterization and a tight plot reminiscent of Hemingway.

If you are, I’m not sure it has all that much to add. Trivia About Needle in a Haystack. Personally, I like the convention of indent, followed by quotation marks and an occasional “said so and so. I’m sure he ties it all together somehow, but I got so tired of reading the word whore the main character describing his wife badrio I finally quit reading. It was again the case with Haystack, especially when the inner dialogue switched between characters in a single paragraph.

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I started reading this without high hopes. Dec 14, Cheryl rated it really liked it. But what’s worse is each speaker doesn’t get his or her own line.

Needle in a Haystack

I didn’t like the end, though I know it’s first The book cover promises something shocking and exciting but I didn’t expirienced it that way at all. A la vez comica, triste y nostalgica, la historia se centra en un viaje hecho al norte del Peru mientras el terrorismo convulsiona los Andes y la capital.

Feb 12, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: E claustrophobic life of Buenos Aires in the late s. You should not find out more than halfway through the book that you’d stepped back in time at the beginning.

I can’t imagine why an author would do that. Cela peut rebuter, mais c’est important pour poser l’ambiance. The timeline is confusing.


Crimen en el Barrio del Once (La aguja en el pajar) de Ernesto Mallo – A Crime is Afoot

They die or have to try to get away. But at the centre of the novel is a touching portrayal of two broken men, a cop and a robber, whose humanity is sorely tested by the xrimen and events racking this proud country. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Lascano doggedly sl ‘detecting,’ putting himself as well as his friend the coroner and Eva, the woman who reminds him of his dead wife Marisa at risk! It’s in italics, without quotation marks, which just on a subconscious level I think is disorienting makes me think crinen internal dialogue. Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts and contradictions, always on the edge of chaos, where multimillionaires and the destitute anxiously coexist in close quarters.

The third corpse turns out to be that of Biterman, moneylender and Auschwitz survivor.

Overall, an informative and entertaining slice of noir, lifted by a great ending. I really enjoyed the story of Eva though, and would have enjoyed the whole book more if it would have developed her character and story more. Sorry,but I found barroi very offensive and I usually have a pretty thick skin. However, that doesn’t make it any more interesting.