Dead Men Cast No Shadows
Volume Three of The Managua Trilogy, translated from the Spanish by Daryl R. Hague
978-1-62054-061-9, 286 pages, 5.5 x 8.5” paperback original
Publication date: September 1, 2023
Forcibly exiled to Honduras at the conclusion of No One Weeps for Me Now, Inspector Dolores Morales makes a return appearance in Sergio Ramirez's final volume of The Managua Trilogy. On the dangerous journey back into Nicaragua with fellow exile Serafin (aka Rambo), the inspector is forced to hide from agents of Commissioner Anastasio Prado (aka Tongolele), head of the secret service. At the same time, Morales is seeking to reunite with his ailing main squeeze, Fanny Toruno. Unexpectedly, non-violent student protests erupt throughout the city's streets, only to be suppressed by an extreme police crack-down. This depiction of the actual 2018 massacre of 400 students transforms a splendid noir novel into a stinging political indictment of the methods and means of political repression and dictatorship. Yet even as Ramírez paints an unsparing portrait of Nicaraguan society shaped by political corruption, poverty and misery, he embraces the enduring humanity of its people.
For Volume One, The Sky Weeps for Me, go here.
For Volume Two, No One Weeps for Me Now, go here.