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Crocodile Tears

by Mercedes Rosende

Crime / Mystery Humour (fiction) Shorter Reads Thriller and Suspense Translated Fiction

LoveReading View on Crocodile Tears

Containing more than a smirk of humour, this is a bold, vibrant crime caper set in Uruguay. When Diego is released from prison he reluctantly agrees to hold up an armoured truck. Along the way we also meet a crooked lawyer, brutal psychopath, amateur con artist, and police inspector, two of whom are women and fighting to hold their own with the men. Award-winning author Mercedes Rosende from Uruguay is also a lawyer and journalist. Her writing is sharp and pointed yet rich and earthy. I initially felt as though I was observing from a distance, then as I got to know each character I edged closer and closer to the action. I found myself completely caught up in the words, the translation by Tim Gutteridge placed me within a country I don’t know, yet enabled me to feel a connection. I didn’t question, just sank completely into the storyline, and as the synopsis declares: “never, ever underestimate the women”. Hugely entertaining, Crocodile Tears is a full-on, fresh yet heady read. 

The LoveReading LitFest invited Mercedes Rosende and translator Tim Gutteridge to the festival to talk about Crocodile Tears.

You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see Mercedes and Tim in conversation with Paul Blezard and find out why people are talking about this stunning thriller. The Sunday Times called it "a marvellous mash-up of Anita Brookner and Quentin Tarantino."

Check out a preview of the event here

Liz Robinson

Crocodile Tears Synopsis

The story is set in Uruguay, it starts in a Montevideo prison where Diego waits for his lawyer, the slick Dr Antinucci, always raybanned, chain-smoking, never frisked by the prison guards. Diego, betrayed by his partner in crime, was arrested for kidnapping a businessman. But charges will not be pressed. The businessman and his wife have described Diego as duped by his partner, certainly no master criminal, so he will be let out. But Antonucci has plans for him, a favour must be returned for his surprising freedom, he must join forces with the psychopath El Roto and hold up an armoured truck in Montevideo. The mad and hilarious caper includes the robbery of course which degenerates into appalling violence, a few murders, and the general bungling of affairs by all the men involved. It is the belittled women, including Police Inspector Lima, who end up the true heroines of the story. This seemingly classic lowlife crime story has a powerful message: never, ever underestimate the women. All told with excoriating wit and humour from the Rio de la Plata.

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ISBN: 9781913394431
Publication date: 14/01/2021
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 14/01/2021
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781913394431
Publication date: 14th January 2021
Author: Mercedes Rosende
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 248 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Humour, Shorter Reads, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,
Collections: 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Mercedes Rosende

Mercedes Rosende was born in 1958 in Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a lawyer and a journalist when not writing fiction. She has won many prizes for her novels and short stories. In 2005 she won the Premio Municipal de Narrativa fur 'Demasiados Blues', in 2008 the National Literature Prize for 'La Muerte Tendra tus Ojos' and in 2019 the LiBeraturpreis in Germany for 'Crocodile Tears'. She lives in Montevideo.

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