Format: Kindle Edition and Paperback
Print Length: 327 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0999712268
Publisher: Laurel & Croton (16 May 2020)
Genre: Detective Fiction and International Mystery & Crime
The BookViral Review:
A darkly thrilling and accomplished story of crime and punishment Narco Noir is one of those gritty thrillers that will leave you wanting more.
With increasing numbers of thrillers centering on protagonists who are overly masochistic, Amato breaks the mold with an intelligent lead and well-wrought dialogue as events evolve in tightly focused chapters that take us to the crux of her story. Quickly spiraling into a very dark place, in a narrative that is at once exhilarating, tense, and a totally read-at-a-sitting page-turner!
Flawed but highly likeable Cruz makes the perfect protagonist for Amato’s series. A brave, defiant character who’s so vividly drawn that she fairly bounces off the page. Most importantly she feels authenticate whilst supporting characters are sharply observed too.
Mexico is a country in which bribery and corruption are systemic, violence is unexceptional and women are viewed as commodities but few authors capture this as well as Amato. Shocking and perceptive she evokes a strong sense of place, moral choices, immoral certainties and human nature. Holding us in her grip to give us something to think about beyond what proves to be a cracking ending.
A taut and engrossing read and a model of implacable storytelling Narco Noir leaves us with a burning desire to see what’s next for Detective Emilia Cruz and is unreservedly recommended.