The Mongolian Conspiracy

By Rafael Bernal; Katherine Silver (Translator); Francisco Goldman (Introduction by)
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811220668, 219pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

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Only a couple of days before the state visit of the President of the United States, Filiberto Garcia an impeccably groomed "gun for hire," ex-Mexican revolutionary, and classic anti-hero is recruited by the Mexican police to discover how much truth there might be to KGB and FBI reports of a Chinese-Mongolian plot to assassinate the Soviet and American presidents during the unveiling of a statue.

Garcia kills various bad guys as he searches for clues in the opium dens, curio shops, and Cantonese restaurants of Mexico City's Chinatown clues that appear to point not to Mongolia, but to Cuba. Yet as the bodies pile up, he begins to find traces of slimy political dealings: are local gears grinding away in these machinations of an "international incident"? Pulsating behind the smokescreen of this classic noir are fierce curses, a shockingly innocent affair, smoldering dialog, and unforgettable riffs about the meaning of life, the Mexican Revolution, women, and the best gun to use for close-range killing.




About the Author
Rafael Bernal (1915-1972) was the author of many novels and plays. El Complot Mongol (1969) is regarded as his masterpiece.

Horacio Castellanos Moya was born 1957 in Honduras. He has lived in San Salvador, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico (where he spent ten years as a journalist, editor, and political analyst), Spain, and Germany. In 1988 he won the National Novel Prize from Central American University for his first novel. His work has been published and translated in England, Germany, El Salvador and Costa Rica. He has published ten novels and is now living in exile as part of the City of Asylum project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rafael Bernal (1915-1972) was the author of many novels and plays. El Complot Mongol (1969) is regarded as his masterpiece.
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