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Who Killed Palomino Molero?: A Novel Paperback – June 24, 1998
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Two civil guards, Officer Lituma and Lieutenant Silva, try to unravel the crime. Rumors abound all over the place; the victim was involved in smuggling or the like and the higher-ups are covering up the perpetrators. But when Silva and Lituma find out that what Palomino Molero was involved in was not smuggling but a love affair with the daughter of his base commander, the plot thickens in all kinds of ways.
Vargas Llosa's book is not only a crime novel but a bitter indictment of the social/racial conflicts of modern Peru, where an airman cannot fall in love with the daughter of a colonel, especially if she is white and he is a cholo (half-breed). Vargas Llosa knows how to leaven his story with comic relief; Lieutenant Silva is hopelessly in love with and shamelessly pursuing the respectably married Dona Adriana, and her revenge on him for his presumption is a riot. The murder is solved, but the townspeople won't accept the truth, and insist that they were right all along; there were "higher-ups" involved. "Higher-ups" indeed.
It would be a crime in itself to give the solution away and I'm not going to; suffice to say that Vargas Llosa has written a gem of a murder mystery with an ingenious plot twist. It's a very short novel and shows again that some of the best things come in small packages.
Just as these other two Vargas Llosa novels, "Who Killed Palomino Molero" is more poetic rendering of the humanity's tribulations and propensity for hope than a complex, fast paced story. Unlike most modern fiction, which pulls readers in through plot twists, action, and constant end of chapter "cliff hangers," inducing them to forget the writing and word choice and to follow through to the end for curiosity about what happens, Vargas Llosa's work is brilliant because his stories are secondary, they are merely a vehicle for his insightful and beautifully written commentary (Do not misunderstand me: I love a good story, as modern technology, film/TV and other forms of entertainment have taught us to do; as time passes, we tend to be less patient, more eager for action than for thought--but few writers, such as Vargas Llosa, still have the power to capture attention and remind us that there is much more to be gained by savoring life than by rushing through it).Read more ›
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Rated strictly as a police procedural, this book would rate three stars at most, probably two. But that isn't what it primarily is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edgar M Shawen
Excellent book, but the translation lacks some of the wit & color of the original.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
"The boy had been both hung and impaled on the old carob tree. His position was so absurd that he looked more like a scarecrow or a broken marionette than a corpse. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is always interesting when a respected writer has a go at a murder mystery and what Mario Vargas Llosa has produced is a short but very worthwhile read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by keetmom
This is my favorite Llosa's book. I had a good laugh while reading it. Excellent satiric book about army in general.Published 19 months ago by Mara Sterio
In a rocky field near the coast in the northern corner of Peru a shepherd finds the body of a boy, hung and impaled on an old carob tree and slashed to ribbons. Read morePublished 24 months ago by R. M. Peterson
Bought this book for my english class to read for a final and i had to say it was a really good book keeps you interestedPublished on January 26, 2013 by Steven
I WOULD COMPLETELY RECOMMEND picking up this book! READ IT!
YOu will NOT be able to PUT it down!
It is a mystery and its completely extraordinary!