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Two people die of rabies, neither of whom appears to have been in contact with an infected animal. This must be murder – but by whom? And what is the motive? The police find a surgeon who has connections with both victims, and are inclined to charge him with the murders, but detective Aisha Sawyer has other suspicions. Meanwhile, Aisha’s husband is offered a chance to return to work in the music industry, a job he loved until his wife’s jealousy made it too difficult to continue. Poor communication between husband and wife and the stresses which it brings to their marriage means that they don’t see there is a connection between her case and his job offer, the connection being the wealthy widow Chosen who has recently bought a hip-hop recording business from the mother of her late fiancé, Trap, one of the murder victims, Chosen having been the beneficiary of a huge life insurance policy taken out on him. I thought the plot and storytelling were excellent, and was intrigued by the fact that the murderer was made obvious to the reader from early on in the book, leaving us free to follow the complexities of the police operation. And I thought the ending was unusual and interesting and was left wondering what will come along in the sequel. However, and it is a big however, I don’t think this book will be a great success here in the UK. American police methods and ethics are very different from the UK (although people who watch a lot of imported crime dramas might be familiar with them, but as far as I’m concerned watching TV wastes valuable reading time!), American hip-hop culture and lifestyle are almost unknown to the average British reader and most of all, the slang and dialect used in many of the conversations left me floundering around without a clue what was going on. I would love to know what happens in the next book in the series – but I’d want a translation of some sections of the book!
Chile has long been a centre for radical propaganda painting. As early as 1940 leading Mexican and Chilean artists, including David Alfaro Siqueiros, Fernando Marcos and Gregorio de la Fuente, were painting murals in Chile. Today, Latin American street art is as innovative as any in the world, and Chile plays a leading part. Much as Spain witnessed a boom in the arts post-Franco, so, since the end of Pinochet's dictatorship in 1990, Chile has embraced an era of new freedoms. Chile has made up for lost time. The contemporary artists and graffiteros shown on these pages have their roots in Latin American propagandistic murals, but look forward. Artists such as Bomber West, Charqui Punk, Dana Pink, Elodio, Inti, Piguan, Pussyz Soul Food, Ritalin Crew, Vazko and Yisa are informed by Latin American, European and North American (especially West Coast) art and music, but have their own Chilean slant. Their carefully planned visual and verbal jokes, strategies and techniques are derived from an array of sources: Picasso, Surrealism, Pop, Sao Paulo's Os Gemoes, Vitche and Herbert, Brazilian pichacao lettering, Peruvian photorealism, Argentine stencils, Bolivian hats and masks, US subway graffiti, hip hop, punk, Barcelona's street art, Japanese animation, pornography, Gilbert & George, Brit art, Bansky. The resulting mixture is anarchic, accessible art. All parts of Chile are covered, from Arica to Punta Arenas, with special focus on Santiago and Valparaiso, both key centres of Latin American street art. Distinctive cities such as Iquique, Chillan, Concepcion and Puerto Montt, and areas of the country rarely seen, are featured. The book includes an introduction to the history and flavour of Chilean street art; a glossary of graffiti terms; manifestos; and translations of all the graffiti shown.