Magazine article New Internationalist

Betty Boo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Betty Boo

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Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro, translated by Miranda France (Bitter Lemon Press ISBN 978 1 908524 55 3)

An unlikeable industrialist is found with his throat slit from ear to ear in an exclusive gated community - or 'country club' - near Buenos Aires. The official line is that he killed himself, oddly, in exactly the same way his wife 'accidentally' died a few years earlier. So begins the latest darkly comic thriller from Argentina's bestselling crime writer, Claudia Piñeiro.

Soon three characters, fiction writer Nurit Iscar (aka Betty Boo), veteran newspaper journalist Jaime Brena (demoted from the Crime desk for committing honesty live on TV), and the wet-behindthe- ears cub who is his replacement (known only as Crime Boy) form an unlikely trio in search of the truth.

Not a simple - or safe thing to do - in a contemporary Argentina dominated by dodgy media moguls, corrupt police, powerful industrialists and the dark shadows still thrown by a legacy of military dictatorship. …

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