Hit list : the best of latino mystery

Hit list : the best of latino mystery

  • Author: Cortez, Sarah; Martínez, Liz
  • Publisher: Arte Público Press
  • ISBN: 9781558855434
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781611924947
  • Place of publication:  Houston , United States
  • Year of publication: 2009
  • Pages: 240

In Lucha Corpi’s story, “Hollow Point at the Synapses,” her unique narrator—a bullet—describes the instant before killing a young Peruvian woman: “I feel the pull of the hammer. The pressure mounts. I am now in place. The moment is upon me. Swiftly and efficiently, I will do what I must, what I was created for. In an instant, I am off, traveling at a speed reserved only for death.”
This groundbreaking anthology of short fiction by Latino mystery writers, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, features an intriguing and unpredictable cast of sleuths, murderers and crime victims. Reflecting the authors’—and society’s—preoccupation with identity, self, and territory, the stories run the gamut of the mystery genre, from traditional to noir, from the private investigator to the police procedural, and even a “chick lit” mystery.
   “The Right Profile” features a Miami private investigator who goes undercover to prove a deadbeat father can pay child support, and she delights in testifying against him in court. In “The Skull of Pancho Villa,” someone has stolen the family heirloom and it’s up to Gus Corral to get it back. And in “A New York Chicano,” a successful bachelor from El Paso—a graduate of NYU working for Merrill Lynch in Manhattan—gets his revenge against a xenophobic newscaster.
Hit List collects for the first time short fiction by many of the Latino authors who have been pioneers in the mystery genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods and realities. Contributors include award-winning writers such as Carolina García-Aguilera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rolando Hinojosa, Manuel Ramos and Sergio Troncoso, as well as emerging writers who deserve more recognition. 

  • Cover
  • Title page
  • Copiright page
  • Table of contents
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Stories
    • Mario Acevedo-oh yeah
    • Lucha Corpi-Hollow point at the synapses
    • Sarah Cortez-In my hands
    • Carolina García Aguilera-The right profile
    • Alicia Gaspar de Alba-Shortcut to the moon
    • Carlos Hernandez-Los simpáticos
    • Rolando Hinojosa Smith-Nice climate, Miami
    • Bertha Jacobson-A broken string of lace
    • John Lantigua-A reunion with death
    • Arthur Muñoz-Made in china
    • R. Narvaez-In the kitchen with Johnny Albino
    • L. M. Quinn-A not so clear case of murder
    • Manuel Ramos-The skull of Pancho Villa
    • S. Ramos O'Briant-Death, taxes... and worms
    • A. E. Roman-Under the bridge
    • Steven Torres-Carring for José
    • Sergio Troncoso-A New York chicano
  • Author bios


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