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Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico
by Steven Torres
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Minotaur, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Perhaps this is the only thing you need to know about Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico by Steven Torres: No matter how many books you read, this book is the best police procedural mystery you are likely to encounter in ten years of reading.

Well, that alone should be an adequate inducement for you to read Torres' fifth book in the Precinct Puerto Rico series. However, if you need more information before you make a commitment to read about Sheriff Luis Gonzalo's latest adventures, here is more:

When the action begins in 1980 near San Juan, the immensely likeable protagonist's sixteen years of experience as the sheriff is put to a most severe test. A young girl is beaten and raped late at night in a farmer's field near Angustias, and now she lies unconscious in the small mountain town's tiny hospital. The preliminary evidence points to the most unlikely suspect: the girl's drunken father. Even Sheriff Gonzalo is almost completely persuaded of the father's guilt, but Gonzalo also wonders about the culpability of the girl's ne'er-do-well boyfriend.

As this first-rate tale of crime and punishment unfolds, with the scope and power of a Greek tragedy, and as almost everyone in Angustias proves to be overly and dangerously fond of rumors, gossip, and secrets, author Steven Torres applies his considerable writing skills to produce a spellbinding novel that rivals the narrative brilliance and thematic significance of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez's A Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

Now, with all of the foregoing have been offered as persuasive argument, only one question remains: What more evidence do you need before you also experience the intense reading pleasure to be found in the most highly recommended Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico?

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