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Velvet Was the Night von Silvia…
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Velvet Was the Night (2021. Auflage)

von Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)

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Titel:Velvet Was the Night
Autoren:Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)
Info:Del Rey (2021), 288 pages
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Velvet Was the Night von Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Maite works as a legal secretary in Mexico in the 1970s. She is perpetually lonely, bored, in debt, and generally unsatisfied with her life. Her neighbor asks her to look after her cat while she is gone for a few days, and when the neighbor doesn't come back, Maite tries to find her and ends up getting involved with corrupt police, gangs, and government conspiracies.

As much as this should have been an exciting thriller, I mostly found it to be tedious, mostly because the main characters, Maite and Elvis, a gang member, are really tedious and one-dimensional. Every paragraph that mentions Maite also mentions that she is in debt, or mad at her mother, or bored. If the book weren't constantly harping on Maite's unhappiness, it could have been a lot shorter and less of a slow burn. Mostly I was just distracted my how annoying Maite was. ( )
  Gwendydd | Dec 19, 2021 |
Historical fiction set in 1971 Mexico.
When a neighbor asks her to watch her cat, Maite, a comic book lover, agrees, but plans to take a few items from the apartment as part of her payment. Then her neighbor, Leonora, disappears, and people come looking for her and some photos Leonora hid. Maite can’t find them and her involvement with her neighbor brings her danger. She meets Elvis who is a thug, and he is also searching for Leonora.
I really wasn’t interested in the story, it was just ok. However, if you are interested in the corruption of Mexico in the 1970s, you might enjoy this. ( )
  rmarcin | Nov 7, 2021 |
How could I have missed the days of the "Dirty War" in the 70s? After reading this story filled with violence, sex and revenge from the dark side, it feels like I'm a little more up to speed.

A Mexican group, known as the Hawks, attacked, tortured and killed student protestors on the left side of politics. One of the main characters was Leonora, an art student and activist, who asked her neighbor, Maite, to take care of her cat for a couple of days. Little did Maite know that she was now feeling like she was inside one of her favorite books: Secret Romance which gave her a taste of danger. The big question was: what happened to Leonora as she disappeared after a few days while strange men made their way into her apartment looking for photos.

The book was much different than the author's previous one: Mexican Gothic. I found it to be engaging with the historical part opening up my eyes. There were a lot of references to Maite's passion for books, comics and music. It shows when life is crazy on the outside, it's what keeps us going. One of her friends pointed out, "Change should come peacefully. We need a more educated nation, we need to come to agreements." The book leaves the reader with much to think about. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
A slow burn but intricately entangled noir tale, where you're never quite sure who the bad guys are, and who are the good guys, or is there any such distinction? Darkness and brutality are balanced with hope and possibility, and enough twists and entanglements to keep you reading to find out what will happen. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Sep 19, 2021 |
[b:Velvet Was the Night|54746205|Velvet Was the Night|Silvia Moreno-Garcia|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1617426360l/54746205._SY75_.jpg|85399932] was my first foray into the works of [a:Silvia Moreno-Garcia|4088550|Silvia Moreno-Garcia|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1597118464p2/4088550.jpg] and I have to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a noir and the novel drags a bit under that genre's stipulations. But the setting is fresh and the characters make sense and I'm not going to ding a novel for delivering exactly what it intends to. If you're looking for anything other than a slow burn set during the Mexican Dirty Wars - look elsewhere. If that sounds neat to you, pick this up. ( )
  eshaundo | Sep 13, 2021 |
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It is well established that the Hawks are an officially financed, organized, trained and armed repressive group, the main purpose of which since its founding in September 1968 has been the control of leftist and anti-government students.
--United States Department of State, confidential telegram, June 1971
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