In Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, Canadian author Peggy Blair has created a thoroughly likeable and formidable detective who will not be deterred from his task, regardless of what pressures are placed upon him by his strange illness and the constraints of the Cuban system.
Mike Ellis, a mentally and physically scarred Canadian detective, travels to Havana with his wife Hillary hoping to resurrect their failing marriage. Little does he know what lies in store for him when he gives a few pesos to a young Cuban boy. When the boy’s body is pulled from the water, Mike Ellis becomes the suspect in a horrific crime and it’s up to Canadian lawyer Celia Jones to extricate him from the mess he’s in. But can she, given the ticking clock nature of Cuba’s legal system and Mike’s impending indictment? Once indicted, he will surely face the death penalty at the hands of a firing squad.
From the first page to the last, Peggy has woven an intricate tale of deception and duplicity, all set against the crumbling decay and burgeoning modernity of Cuba’s Havana. Ricardo Ramirez and his sidekick, pathologist Hector Apiro, are unforgettable characters that you will want to follow time and time again. Up there with Michael Robotham for a great plot with plenty of twists and turns as well as unique and interesting characters. A thoroughly recommended read.
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Title: The Beggar’s Opera
Author: Peggy Blair
Publisher: Penguin Canada