Paco Ignacio Taibo II

"Return to the Same City"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark AUG 30, 1998)

Return to the Same City

I had a hard time deciding which category to place this book in.  It is a noir detective novel, but it's written by a Mexican writer who adds that magical realism flair AND it is very funny.  Héctor Belascoarán Shayne is a one-eyed detective who died in the previous novel of this series.  Taibo was convinced to bring him back by his fans. I doubt many writers could pull this off with any credibility, but in this setting it works.

So we learn about Héctor's experiences with having been dead, about the women with a pony tail, his neighbors and listen to him as he tries not to get hired. Of course he fails, and finds himself accidentally buddied up to a gin-loving reporter while tracking his target who happens to a be a very dangerous man- a CIA operative.   Somehow, Taibo actually weaves some serious history and problems in the middle of these humorous encounters of Héctor Belascoarán Shayne.

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Paco Ignacio Taibo II (photo by Herald Hoffman)Paco Ignacio Taibo II is one of the most popular Mexican authors at work today. Born in Asturias, Spain, he has lived in Mexico since 1958. A historian, journalist, and writer of short stories, novels, and works of history, he is one of the founders of the international Association of Crime Writers. His work has been widely translated and published throughout the world. Leonardo's Bicycle won the Latin American Dashiell Hammett Award for the best crime novel of the year.  He lives in Mexico City with his wife and daughter. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014