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Toros & Torsos: A Hector Lassiter novel (Hector Lassiter Series Book 3) by [McDonald, Craig]
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Book 3 of 10 in Hector Lassiter Series (10 Book Series)

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Spanning the years from 1935 to 1959, Edgar-finalist McDonald's second novel to feature crime novelist Hector Lassiter (after 2007's Head Games) deftly mixes myth, history and a serial killer who arranges dead bodies to resemble surrealistic art. Lassiter, whose work embodies the write what you live and live what you write ethos, loves hard, drinks hard and keeps an eye on avenging the loss of the beautiful blonde he meets in a Key West bar on page one. As a popular author, Lassiter interacts with such notables as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, whom the author skillfully animates. Other celebrities of the day make cameo appearances. Solidly grounded in such actual events as the Key West hurricane of 1935, the Spanish Civil War and Cuba's last days before Castro, McDonald's imaginative tale takes an enjoyably different approach to art and murder. (Sept.)
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In Hec Lassiter’s debut (Head Games, 2007), the raffish crime novelist was menaced by Mexican federales and wizened banditos, CIA agents, and lunatic Yalies, all determined to wrest from Hec the head of Pancho Villa. Head Games was an over-the-top road trip through the history and myth of mid-twentieth-century America. Toros and Torsos is similar but very different. This time Hec is palling with Hemingway in Key West and preparing for what proves to be the devastating 1935 hurricane. A young woman there is disemboweled, and her torso is stuffed with machine parts. Hec immediately connects the murder to surrealist art and journeys to the battlefront of the Spanish civil war, Hollywood, and Cuba in search of the artistic murderer. Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Salvador Dalí, and John Dos Passos all turn up in juicy cameos, and the details on the hurricane, the Spanish war, and surrealism are the product of careful research. This is less of a romp than Head Games, darker and richer, with Hec less a cartoon action hero and more a fully fleshed lead character. --Thomas Gaughan

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  • File Size: 2656 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992967406
  • Publisher: Betimes Books; 2 edition (August 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MWVH7Y2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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