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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596063963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596063969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shiner is the author of the award-winning novel GLIMPSES, available in trade paperback from Subterranean Press. Included in the same series of Definitive Editions are his novels BLACK & WHITE, DARK TANGOS, DESERTED CITIES OF THE HEART, FRONTERA, SAY GOODBYE, and SLAM. Subterranean has also published his career-spanning short fiction volume, COLLECTED STORIES. He lives in North Carolina, USA.

For more information, see www.lewisshiner.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Stevens on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lewis Shiner, who began as part of the cyberpunk crowd and who has entered the mainstream in a big way, scores a huge hit with his latest novel, "Dark Tangos". Setting his novel mostly in Argentina and dealing with the residue of the dirty war and the disappeared, Shiner horrifies the reader with an appropriately graphic torture scene set among beautiful love scenes and descriptions of the Argentine tango. The action rushes forward of its own volition, and no reader will be able to put the book down. As in his previous novel, "Black and White", Shiner deals with an important social/political issue, this time of international significance. The ending is shrouded in an entirely justified ambiguity; what multinational corporation is ever held accountable for its actions, and when did operational details of the CIA become public? Enough hints are there for the reader to infer what is not made explicit. Shiner is perhaps the best little-known novelist out there, and "Dark Tangos" deserves a wider audience.
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The emotional honesty and insights into human nature lifts this novel well above the average political thriller. Set in contemporary Buenos Aires (a city made vividly real on the page), the story concerns the experiences of a north American struggling to rebuild his life in a foreign country, where he finds the horrors of the past still have a deadly hold on the present. The combination of love story and thriller is unusually believable and compelling, and makes for a gripping and powerful read. There's a lot about tango here -- a subject I know nothing about, and yet, even as a dedicated, life-long non-dancer I found the descriptions so evocative that I'm almost ready to go out and take lessons. The main character, Rob (or "Beto" as his Argentinian friends call him) is so real -- all the characters are complex and believable -- that some of what he's forced to endure makes for almost unbearable reading, and yet once I'd started reading I found it nearly impossible to put the book down. A memorable book; one of the very best I have read this year.
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By Lenore Glover on May 1, 2012
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Set in Buenos Aires present day, Dark Tangos brings the ghosts of Argentina's brutal past back to life. Well written with a number of twists and turns.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Literaryxplorer on August 18, 2011
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Shiner does a good job on the political and social background of his story -- the terrible doings of the Proceso, one of the darkest periods in 20th century Argentine history. He's also does a fair job evoking the atmosphere of Buenos Aires (a fascinating city) and its tango parlors, and is even better on the lure and obsessive quality of the tango among milongueros and milongueras. His love scenes are quite good, and the extended torture scenes are appropriately horrific. But there are some serious loose ends, a flaw in a thriller. [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!] For example, there's no final disposition of the awful CIA guys who take part in the initial torturing. Even though the main torturers and the betrayer are killed, what about those guys? And after Rob meets with a New York Times reporter and spills the beans, there's no follow-up; it's quite unsatisfying that the corporate villain are never publicly exposed. All in all, it decent job.
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