Crocodile Tears takes us into the world of violent criminals and high level corruption of a cold, grey and dirty Montevideo. Germán, an eternal reoffender accused of a kidnapping, comes out of jail thanks to the manoeuvrings of a newly appointed, shady lawyer. There is a condition to his release however: he will need to help assaulting an armoured truck stuffed full of cash. The crime is planned, an investigation is developed by a somewhat self-doubting detective, various levels of corruption are observed while a number of only apparently secondary characters take centre stage. In particular, the splendid and vengeful Úrsula, a strong anti-heroine -representing a subversion of dominant feminine aesthetics- determined to overcome any challenge, inside or outside the law.
In what is an intricate interlocking plot, a confident and omniscient narrator plays with literary devices. In turn taking us via a present tense narrative in the mind of the characters, addressing the reader directly, incorporating different narrative registers, describing scenes in the style of a movie script, being generous with technical details. Sprinkling local flavour and firmly implanting the plot in the noir tradition, Rosende delivers nonetheless a story of psychological depth and literary quality.
“It reads like a marvellous mash-up of Anita Brookner and Quentin Tarantino.”—The Times
“…it is certainly fast, slick and acerbically funny: buckle up and enjoy the ride.”—The Guardian
“Rosende smoothly combines dark humor and farce with moving depictions of the grimmer aspects of life. Elmore Leonard fans will look forward to the sequel.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
228 pages – Original language: Spanish (Estuario Editora, Montevideo, 2016); Foreign Editions: Italian (S.E.M., 2022), World English (Bitter Lemon Press, 2021), Spanish/Audio (Storytel, 2020), German (Unionsverlag, 2018)
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