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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Pr; First Thus edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558855432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558855434
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Billed as the first-ever anthology of mystery short stories by Latino authors, this volume will disappoint readers looking for fiction examining distinctively Latino themes. Of the 17 selections, the best is Edgar-finalist Manuel Ramos's The Skull of Pancho Villa, a terse, twisty tale of theft purporting to tell the real story of the fate of that relic. A.E. Roman's smart-ass New York City PI, Chico Santana, gets a nice lead-in to his debut novel, Chinatown Angel (Reviews, Jan. 12), in a tale of revenge, Under the Bridge. While Lucha Corpi's Hollow Point at the Synapses may be the first story told from the perspective of a bullet traveling from a sniper's rifle to the target's head, that novelty comes across more gimmicky than clever. Other contributors include such established writers in the genre as Mario Acevedo, Carolina García-Aguilera and Steve Torres. (Mar.)
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These works of short fiction…are noteworthy for their meticulous structure, complex characters and concise and unpredictable plots…a collection that is ideal for reading on the metro or at the beach or cafe. --Latin American Herald Tribune

Editors Sarah Cortez and Liz Martínez have succeeded in bringing together some of the best mystery fiction being written today…Suffice it to say that the stories in Hit List will engross, entertain and fully satisfy any lover of mystery fiction. --El Paso Times

For a real shake-up, dive into Hit List: The best of Latino Mystery, edited by Sarah Cortez and Liz Martinez (Arte Publico Press, University of Houston, $19.95). One of the best in this collection is also one of the shortest-Lucha Corpi's startling Hollow Point at the Synapses, written from the point of view of a bullet racing towards its female victim. Cold yet curious, the bullet doesn't understand the killer's motives until it hits its target, whereupon the bullet merges with the dying woman's brain, experiencing her entire life, and finally, the reason for her death. Utterly compelling, utterly heartless, this story is a true original. Also enjoyable is Arthur's Munoz's Made in China where we view a marriage every bit as worn and chipped as the rose patterned serving dish the wife received as a gift 33 years earlier. And for history/conspiracy buffs, we get Manuel Ramo's intriguing The Skull of Pancho Villa, wherein a not-too-ethical Gus Corral goes hunting for the mythical skull, which was supposedly stolen from his family. Hit List is compiled of 17 genre-busting stories, some of them tender, some of them brutal, all of them offering an intriguing Latino slant on our favorite genre. --Mystery Scene Magazine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivas on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
With the newly released "Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery" (Arte Público Press, $19.95 paperback), editors Sarah Cortez and Liz Martínez have succeeded in bringing together some of the best mystery fiction being written today.

This anthology features the work of Mario Acevedo, Lucha Corpi, Sarah Cortez, Carolina García-Aguilera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Carlos Hernandez, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Bertha Jacobson, John Lantigua, Arthur Muñoz, R. Narvarez, L.M. Quinn, Manuel Ramos, S. Ramos O'Briant, A.E. Roman, Steven Torres and Sergio Troncoso.

In the foreword to "Hit List," Ralph E. Rodriguez, an associate professor in the Department of American Civilization at Brown University, observes that the reader "will find no boring Latino caricatures or stereotypes in this volume." There is no doubt about that.

The anthology begins with a tightly wound, two-page bit of tough-talking noir by best-selling novelist Mario Acevedo titled "Oh, Yeah." In it, the narrator attempts to teach a seemingly dimwitted accomplice named Canela how to play a supporting role in an armed robbery. Of course, things go awry, but with a twist only an accomplished writer such as Acevedo could pull off.

There's some great humor here, too, such as S. Ramos O'Briant's sardonic "Death, Taxes ... and Worms," where we're introduced to a very proper Nellie Gallegos, who knows a trifle more about the death of her neighbor than she initially admits.

Several of the stories veer into wonderfully strange territory. "The Skull of Pancho Villa" by mystery novelist Manuel Ramos is based on various rumors as to the whereabouts of the Mexican revolutionary's head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coach Lynne on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not a fan of short stories, but my friend (L.M. Quinn) has a story in this collection called "A Clear Cut Case of Murder." Makes it required reading, no? It's written with a consistent mood, it's intellectual, interesting, and her characters are well drawn, from a cancer ridden research analyst drawn into a murder mystery to "missing husbands and non-existant nephews" (P. 109) ...a story like a vacuum that sucks you in from the first paragraph.

To paraphrase a clever bit of marketing, betcha can't read just one!

I found myself absorbed in murder, mayhem, money, revenge, twists, and sorrow, with plenty of "GOTCHA!"

In Lucha Corpi's "Hollow Point at the Synapses," I met a cold steely character brought to life, like magic.

Sarah Cortez, one of the capable editors of the collection, shows us relationships turned inside out, in "In My Hands."

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera's "The Right Profile," is as satisfying as seeing a cop pull over the guy who just sped by you at 90 MPH.

Each one of these authors deserves his/her own kudos, but I don't have time here to continue. This is a group of stories for everyone. Even the Spanish words, when they're included don't require a facility for the language. The characters are
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Pampered Lamb on April 8, 2011
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This anthology features the work of Mario Acevedo, Lucha Corpi, Sarah Cortez, Carolina García-Aguilera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Carlos Hernandez, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Bertha Jacobson, John Lantigua, Arthur Muñoz, R. Narvarez, L.M. Quinn, Manuel Ramos, S. Ramos O'Briant, A.E. Roman, Steven Torres and Sergio Troncoso. All accomplished authors in their own right.

As the title hints, the stories included in this anthology have Latino undertones, yet these aren't your traditional chupacabra stories. These here run the gammut of losing souls to teaching people lessons. With each story being short, the longest of them running only about 10 pages long, I was able to get a feel about all these authors just enough that I moved to look up further works by them.

I must admit when I first began reading this book, I was confused. Half way through the first story I was wondering where the mystery was. Once I reached the second story, I realized this collection is a throwback to pure mystery rather than the "in your face" type we often read nowadays. It was such a pleasure reading knowing that the authors wrote while thinking of the reader. I had to try to figure out what the twist was going to be in the end. I knew one was coming and most of the time I was caught off guard.

I enjoyed these short stories and the fact that the book was published by, edited by and written by Latino authors was icing on the cake for me.
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