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The Shadow of the Shadow follows four men who meet to play dominos in a hotel bar in Mexico City in 1922. They are a motley group—a gun-toting poet who makes a living writing advertisements for patent medicine, a radical Chinese-Mexican union organizer, a lawyer who represents prostitutes, and a newspaper crime reporter who churns out pages of copy “like links of sausage in a chorizo factory.”

Left to their own devices, the group would have waited out Carranza’s presidency in their own quietly besotted fashion, ignoring the betrayal of the Mexican Revolution. But they witness a series of strangely related murders and begin to suspect a conspiracy involving the oil-rich lands of the Gulf Coast, greedy army officers, and American industrialists.

Critics have hailed The Shadow of the Shadow as the best of Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s historical novels. Issues of oil, American imperialism, extortion, and government corruption give the novel a distinctly contemporary ring.


Sex, murder, and gun-toting poets in post-Revolutionary Mexico City. Dominoes are played by all.

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Paco Ignacio Taibo II (born 11 January 1949 in Gijn, Asturias), birth name Francisco Ignacio Taibo Mahojo, has lived in Mexico City since 1958 when his family fled from Spain to escape the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Taibo II (or PIT, as he likes to be called) is a spanish leftist intellectual, historian, professor, journalist, social activist, union organizer, and world-renowned writer. Widely known for his policial novels, he is considered the founder of the neopolicial genre in Latin America and is the president of the International Association of Policial Writers. One of the most prolific writers in Mexico today, over 500 editions of his 51 books have been published in 29 countries and over a dozen languages, and include novels, narrative, historical essays, chronicles, and poetry.

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Roadrunner, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Roadrunner)
Having lived in border states from Texas to Arizona, I have a special affection/fascination with Mexico. "The Shadow of the Shadow", which tells [part of] Mexico's story in its own terms, exceeded my expectations. This is no conventional history appealing to US sensibilites; no tourists' tour of Post-revolution Mexico. "The Shadow of the Shadow" vividly portrays the dynamics between Mexican government, labor and social groups. Sadly, the factual basis of many elements of this saga are repeated in contemporary Mexico (e.g., the recourse to violence, the war against free press, role of USA). On the bright side, the four friends' paths through the plot provide one of the best buddy stories ever.
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Taibo, Paco Ignacio Ii
Cinco Puntos Press
Neuman, William I.
Taibo, Paco Ignacio, II
Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Taibo II, Paco Ignacio
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery & Detective - Historical
General Fiction
Mystery Historical
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