Descripción de editorial
A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace.
Yuri Herrera’s novel, a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico with echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Bolaño and Chandler, is a noirish tragedy and a tribute to the bodies that violence touches.
In Herrera's slim, amusing book (after Signs Preceding the End of the World), a plague has turned an unnamed city into an abandoned ruin, but that won't stop the Redeemer from brokering peace between two prominent families about to go to war over their children. After spending the night with his neighbor, Three Times Blonde, the Redeemer gets a call from Dolphin, who claims the Castro family kidnapped his son, Romeo Fonseca. With the help of his pal the Neyanderthal and Fonseca's daughter, the Unruly, the Redeemer discovers that the Fonsecas are holding Baby Girl, Castro's daughter, who may be falling prey to the plague. As the tension rises, the Redeemer shops for the prophylactics Three Times Blonde insists on and tries to convince the families into a nonviolent swap of kin. Herrera strips Romeo & Juliet to its essence, sets it against a plague that symbolizes Mexico's recent violent history, and peppers the prose with the ridiculous (e.g. "rankystank" and "crapkicked eye"). It's thin as pulp but still diverting fun.