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Crocodile Tears Reviews

Crocodile Tears by Mercedes Rosende

Crocodile Tears

Mercedes Rosende

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1 review

Imprint: Bitter Lemon Press
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publication date: 14 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781913394431

The setting: Montevideo's crumbling Old Town. The gig: an armoured truck robbery. The cast: Diego, a failed kidnapper, Ursula Lopez, an amateur criminal with an insatiable appetite, El Roto, a notorious but inept hoodlum. Dr Antinucci, a shady lawyer with big plans. And finally, Leonilda Lima, a washed-out police inspector.

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
5 Jan 2021

"It reads like a marvellous mash-up of Anita Brookner and Quentin Tarantin"

An armoured truck, carrying cash from a casino, is about to be attacked but, before it is, Mercedes Rosende introduces us to the characters involved: a cowardly kidnapper, a psychotic jailbird, a sleazy lawyer, a superstitious cop and a bulimic killer. She has a buttonholing style — “as we were saying”, “the scene that follows is rather sad” — that leaves us in no doubt she views her characters as maggots under a microscope. And we are no better: “People are morbid and nothing attracts an audience quite like disease or pain or death. Or sex.” Crocodile Tears, the first of Rosende’s novels to be published in English, features the lot. It reads like a marvellous mash-up of Anita Brookner and Quentin Tarantin