It is the most dramatic and tumultuous period in Argentina's history. Colonel Juan Perón, who had been the most powerful and the most hated man in the country, has been forced out of power. Many people fear that his mistress, radio actress Evita Duarte, will use her skill at swaying the masses to restore him to office. When an obscure young woman is brutally murdered, police detective Roberto Leary concludes that the murderer mistook the girl for Evita, the intended target of someone out to eliminate the popular star from the political scene.
The search for the killer soon involves the murdered girl's employer, who is Evita's dressmaker; her journalist lover; and Pilar, a seamstress in the dress shop and a tango dancer. The suspects include a leftist union leader who considers Juan Perón a fascist and a young lieutenant who feels Perón has dishonored the army. Their stories collide in this thrilling and sensuous historical mystery.
Annamaria Alfieri's historical mysteries set in South America paint a vivid portrait of life at the time, in which the characters' motivations—love, fear, and ambition—all compete to create an evocative tale. Blood Tango is her finest achievement yet.
Set in Buenos Aires in the fall of 1945, Alfieri's atmospheric third stand-alone historical with a South American setting fails to make the most of an original concept. Col. Juan Per n, Argentina's vice-president, minister of war, and secretary of labor, has been ousted from power, but if Per n's mistress, 26-year-old radio actress Evita Duarte, has any say in the matter, he'll soon regain it. When Luz Garmendia, a 16-year-old who not only modeled clothing for Evita but dressed like her as well, is stabbed to death, the police have to wonder if the killer mistook her for the actress. Solving the crime falls to Det. Roberto Leary of the Federal Police, who must investigate under the most trying of circumstances. Alfieri (Invisible Country) once again convincingly evokes another time and place, but readers should be prepared for a dull lead and a not particularly clever solution to the puzzle.
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BLOOD TANGO is one of the best historical novels I have read. The story line is riveting and the tempo never lags. I recommend this book because it is not only a good read, but you will learn the real history of the Peron era told by an author who is passionate and accurate about the history.