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The Big Four by Agatha Christie.

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Title: The Big Four.
Author: Agatha Christie.
Genre: Fiction, mystery, detective fiction, spy fiction.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1924.
Summary: Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls. Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life—and that of his "twin brother"—to uncover the truth.

My rating: 7/10
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Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera (translated by Lisa Dillman).

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Title: Signs Preceding the End of the World.
Author: Yuri Herrera (translated by Lisa Dillman).
Genre: Fiction, immigration, mafia, adventure.
Country: Mexico.
Language: Spanish.
Publication Date: 2009.
Summary: The book looks at the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it, exploring the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages - one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets.
Author/Artist: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1994-2005 (this collection 2005).
Summary: A collection of 11 short stories in the Sin City universe. In Just Another Saturday Night (1997), on the night that John Hartigan meets back up with Nancy, Marv has a hazy-memoried and violent adventure of his own. In Fat Man and Little Boy (1996), the two wordy, non-too-bright assassins, have an argument on the job that has an explosive conclusion. In The Customer is Always Right (1994), two unnamed characters, The Customer and The Client, meet on a rooftop for a passionate, but very brief and tragic rendezvous. In Silent Night (1995), a story with almost no dialogue, Marv goes on a brutal mission to save an innocent girl. And Behind Door Number Three? (1994), the Old Town laws go into effect as Gail and Wendy track down a serial killer targeting working girls. In Blue Eyes (1996), as Jim, scared of the certainty he's being pursued by a hit-man, runs into an old flame, he finds out too late the woman he wants to protect has a new job. In Rats (1996), a sadistic and deranged Nazi war-criminal has a run in with a man known as 'The Janitor.' In Daddy's Little Girl (2005), a middle-aged, timid man named Johnny has to kill his girlfriend's father in order to be with her, but he's a part of a grander scheme. In Wrong Turn (1997), a man picks up an unconscious woman on the side of the road, but the woman is Delia and the man is a mistake. In Wrong Track (1997), a continuation of the previous story, Delia tracks down the man she was looking for on a train. In The Babe Wore Red (1994), as Marv sits on death-row, Dwight seeks revenge for the murder of his friend Fargo, and meets a mysterious, stunning lady in red.

My rating: 8/10.
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Sin City: Family Values by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: Family Values.
Author/Artist: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1997.
Summary: There's a kind of debt you can't ever pay off, not entirely. And that's the kind of debt Dwight owes Gail. The girls of Old Town have their own family values, their own laws-and when someone too dumb to know better breaks them, an example needs to be set. Dwight's got his own reasons for taking the job, and deadly little Miho... Miho likes to play with them a little first.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Sin City: The Yellow Bastard by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: The Yellow Bastard.
Author/Artist: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1996.
Summary: The graphic novel introduces the only truly heroic figure in Sin City's world of vice, Detective Hartigan. The worst thing to be in Basin City is an honest cop, but it's Hartigan's last day on the job, and he plans to go out with a bang. Little Nancy Callahan, age eleven, has been kidnapped by a psycho who likes to hear children scream, and Hartigan's going to find her no matter what it takes. No matter who the psycho's daddy is. All the prison time in the world won't change that. Hell of a way to start retirement...

My rating: 8.5/10.
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Sin City: The Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: The Big Fat Kill.
Author: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novels, fiction, crime, political dissent.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1994-1995.
Summary: For Dwight, sometimes standing up for his friends means killing a whole lot of people... Not for revenge. Not because they deserve it. Not because it'll make the world a better place. There's nothing righteous or noble about it. Dwight's gotta kill them because he needs them dead. And now, when the shaky truce between Sin City's lawless Old Town and the police is threatened to be broken, bringing back the dark times before the girls ran Old Town themselves, Dwight knows just what he has to do.

My rating: 8.5/10
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Author: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novels, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1993.
Summary: A second instalment in the Sin City saga. Stuck with nothing but a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, Dwight's thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean and dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And he'd give anything. Just to feel the fire. One more time. But he can't let himself lose control again, can't ever let the monster out. And then Ava calls.

My rating: 8/10
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Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye.
Author: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novels, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1991-1992.
Summary: It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn't care. There's an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie's dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she's been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame... but they may have messed with the wrong guy.

My rating: 8.5/10
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The Sicilian by Mario Puzo.

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Title: The Sicilian.
Author: Mario Puzo.
Genre: Fiction, mafia, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: November, 1984.
Summary: The year is 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Guiliano (based on a real-life Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Giuliano) back with him to America. But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas. In Sicily, Guiliano is a modern day Robin Hood who has defied corruption - and defied the Cosa Nostra. Now, in the land of mist-shrouded mountains and ancient ruins, Michael Corleone's fate is entwined with a dangerous legend of Salvatore Guiliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.

My rating: 7/10
My review: I had to think for a while what I thought about this book because, in the end, it's not very strong, but it has some striking elements that appealed to me a lot. Unlike in The Godfather, with Don Corleone, Puzo doesn't seem to have a very personal connection with and admiration for Guiliano, which makes his description of him come off extremely cliché and over-the-top. He's way too noble, smart, and good at what he does, and without a distinguishable personal sentiment of the author, he just comes off a little 2-dimensional and unrealistic. Nevertheless, though, the noble, danger-filled adventures of him and his band of "honourable" criminals is exciting and fast-paced, and definitely draws you in. I will have to say that my favourite character in this book by far was Sicily. You can feel the author's incredible love and respect for it, though he describes its downfalls frankly and without sentiment. I had never been to Sicily, but I could almost smell the air, taste it, imagine the mountains and fields so clearly - Puzo describes it so poignantly and lovingly it's hard not to love it and marvel at it along with him. If nothing else, that aspect alone made the book worth reading for me, because I adore what I know of Italy myself, and my heart simply resonated with the Italy in this novel.

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

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Title: The Godfather.
Author: Mario Puzo.
Genre: Fiction, mafia, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: March 10th, 1969.
Summary: Beginning at the lavish opening scene where Don Corleone entertains guests and conducts business at his daughter's wedding (for no Sicilian can refuse a favour on his daughter's wedding day, and no Sicilian fails to take advantage of that fact), the novel takes the reader through the Italian mafia underworld of New York City from 1945-1955. It is a structured, brutal, and powerful universe of family and loyalties, ruled by the the Five Families, where "men of honor" live in their own world, and die by their own laws. The book concentrates on the "Godfather", Don Corleone, mentioning his move to America as a boy to escape his father's murderers in Sicily and his climb to his position as Don, and then Michael, who takes over the Family's business, and turns out to be surprisingly, unexpectedly, and viciously adept at the position he spent his entire life trying to run from.

My rating: 8.5/10
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