The Lady from Buenos Aires
A Willie Cuesta Mystery by John Lantigua
Review: After an absense of almost six years, Cuban-American private investigator Willie Cuesta returns in The Lady from Buenos Aires, the third mystery in this series by John Lantigua.
This is the heart-felt story of Fiona Bonaventura's twenty year search for the child of her younger sister, Sonia, who was killed in Argentina's "dirty war." Sonia was captured as a rebel to the cause while she was still pregnant. She was put in a special area and allowed to give birth, but then she was sent to her death. The baby was given to Manuel Navarro, a member of the military, and his wife, Felicia. When the war ended Manuel left the country. He did not want to be tried as a war criminal. Now, Fiona finds out he and his family is somewhere in Miami. She hires private investigator Willie Cuesta of Little Havana to find them. All Fiona gives Cuesta to go on is a picture of Sonia when she was twenty years old, the age of Sonia's daughter now and the name of Manuel Navarro. He gets information from his computer, asks for help from a friend, a detective on the Miami Police Force, and a lawyer who deals with immigration issues. He finds people who knew people in Argentina during those horrible days. When he thinks he's getting close, some of those to whom he has spoken to are killed or else mysteriously disappear. He, too, is shot, beaten up, shoved in the back of an SUV and stomped on. The men and women now he talks to either lie to him, or are afraid to talk to him, or they send him on wild goose chases. Notable among these is a priest who was a chaplain in Argentina during the war, now a real estate dealer in Miami, and the vice council at the Argentine consulate in Miami.
The Lady from Buenos Aires is an extraordinary story that compels interest throughout. The historical background adds credibility to the plot which itself is relentless. It is an exciting, frequently scary, ride that Lantigua takes the reader on as Cuesta pursues his investigation. Reading this excellent mystery is time well spent.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Lady from Buenos Aires.
Acknowledgment: Arte Público Press provided a copy of The Lady from Buenos Aires for this review.
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Arte Público Press (Trade Paperback), March 2011
ISBN-13: 9781558856950; ISBN-10: 1558856951
Location(s) referenced in The Lady from Buenos Aires: Miami, Florida
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The Lady from Buenos Aires by John Lantigua — A Willie Cuesta Mystery
Publisher: Arte Público Press
Publication Date: March 2007
List Price: $24.95