- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Bauu Institute (March 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982046723
- ISBN-13: 978-0982046722
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,167,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweet Spot: A Novel About Mazatlan Carnival, Dirty Politics, and Baseball Paperback – March 15, 2009
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This story of murder, sex, and worst of all política corrupta is a page-turning sexfest full of alcohol, violence and baseball set in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Our hero, such as he is, is as broken and as full of holes as the standard Mexican political system, but is a hero to himself as well as narcos, gatita sexual, los fanáticos del béisbol, and politicians alike. He is smart enough to have a smart mouth, but not smart enough to keep him out of trouble.
Give yourself time to read this. It defies interruption.
Alan BlackChasing Harpo
He teaches you how people think, how to maneuver around them if you have to and who needs their ass kicked.
He'll teach you to survive, to understand how the machine operates and who's pulling the levers. He knows. There is no doubt that what jumps off the pages at you is anything but reality, sometimes drunk, sometimes violent, sometimes dare I say, sexy. But it's all beautiful, this raw world in which Robinson is padrón, in the way Irish writers find beauty in war and Hemingway in the killing of bulls.
You'll want to move to Mexico and try your hand at wooing fiery ladies, dodging bullets and miscreant politics, knowing there's no hope of survival, but also knowing, if you go there with Linton Robinson; it's gonna be a helluva ride.
Sweet Spot is a delightful suspense story told against the background of Carnaval in Mazatlan, Mexico, told by a former big-league baseball player. Mundo Carrazco's (the main character) voice is perfect. He doesn't take anything too seriously and is always ready with a wise crack. Since he's telling the story, you don't worry too much about him when he's in life-threatening situations, you know he has to survive to tell the story.
Mr. Robinson's background and experience in Mexico show's through. I love the way he weaves the culture and people's attitudes into the story without seeming to preachy.
All in all, a very good job. I will read more from this author.
Linton Robinson's ability to make reading a book feel like watching a movie is something one does not find often. Action, suspense, a sultry tropical location populated by dangerous and intriguing characters that are familiar to fans of the genre - yet written in a way that makes them unique to this book, and this region of Mexico's Pacific coast.
What was most surprising to me was the depth of knowledge he has about the underbelly of the "Unholy Trinity of Sinaloa" - Political Parties, Cartels, and the News Media. He truly nailed it in a way that nobody has done yet... at least not in English for the consumption of "gringos."
Mr. Robinson manages to combine familiar elements of classic storytelling and simultaneously taking us into the exotic world of Mazatlan, a world unto itself that I've never found written about in such a fascinating and captivating way before.
My only disappointment with this book is that there is not a sequel. I think the story's hero has the potential to be a modern day Sam Spade.
It is rare than an author can breathe new life into the seemingly stale formula of a lone wolf journalist getting personally involved in a story, leading to a murder that he must solve himself, while law enforcement, politics and rival newspapers are all out to silence him... but this book does just that. And with an ending I've not seen or read before.
I read "The Sweet Spot" in a two-day marathon, and will be reading the highlights again on my flight to Mazatlan, Mexico a week from today. Yes - I am so intrigued by this book that I am flying down next week to visit the spots Mr. Robinson has painted such an incredible portrait of in his work.
I'm hoping for more Mazatlan-based stories from this gifted writer in the not-too-distant future.
In the meantime, do yourself a favor, and purchase or download this book. You wont be sorry.
Linton Robinson delivers a non-stop action packed stream of action, suspense, intrigue, lust, love, sex, violence, cruelty and humor. Styled in idiomatic poetry, prose, jargon,