An Easy Thing: A Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novel (Paperback)

A Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novel

By Paco Ignacio Taibo

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590580066, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2002



Set amidst the political turbulence and social unrest of contemporary Mexico City, An Easy Thing introduces English-speaking readers to Taibo's human and world-weary protagonist, independent detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne. In this debut outing, our hero, who, incidentally, possesses an insatiable appetite for Coca Cola and cigarettes, tackles three cases simultaneously: a killing in a corrupt factory; the deadly threats against a former porn starlet's teenage daughter; and, strangely, the search for Emiliano Zapata, folk hero and leader of the Mexican Revolution, rumored to be alive and hiding out in a cave outside Mexico City.
Combining black comedy, social history and a touch of surrealism, Paco Taibo's wonderfully idiosyncratic detective novels are admired the world over and are particularly popular in Europe and in the Spanish-speaking world.

Praise For An Easy Thing: A Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novel

"I loved An Easy Thing -- its exuberance, color, and human concern. It throbs with the life of the city and rocks with its violence. We must have more of Paco Taibo this side of the border. We need his insights, his passion and compassion."-Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Grand Master, Mystery Writers of America