Author – Amadeo ALCACER
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Word Count – 60,300
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 6/13/2018
No. 23-1 - 2018
My Impressions: Dark, gritty, violent, two major plot surprises.
Detective Diego Alandia – Chilean detective loaned to Argentina to chase the Alicanto.
The Alicanto – a psychopathic serial killer who murders and mutilates beautiful young women.
Vera Nalcotinez - Newspaper reporter in Buenos Aries, Argentina
Captain Marquez Pedro - Head of the Alicanto investigation in Buenos Aries.
Detective Ivo Matich – Diego's partner and best friend.
Colonel Daniel Anuncio – Diego's superior officer and eventual father-in-law.
The story moves between Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aries, Argentina.
The tone of the story is dark and gritty.
As a young army recruit, Diego Alandia served in the Chilean army during the reign of General Augusto Pionochet. He had the job of interrogating suspected enemies of the regime using torture if necessary. Having reservations over the treatment of some victims, he balked at killing a man and was eventually kicked out of the army. His future father-in-law, Lieutenant Daniel Anuncio secured Diego a job as a policeman in Santiago. He was good at the job and rose to the position of detective. But his dark past made him an emotional wreck.
After working on the case of two prostitutes who were murdered and mutilated, he was requested by the Argentinean police to assist with the serial killing of young women that were similar to those he and Ivo worked.
Diego is a crooked cop who steals money, drinks excessively and cheats on his wife with prostitutes.
The Alicanto is a Chilean psychopath with deep, dark secrets instilled about the same time Diego was in the army.
His early life was a horror story that no twelve-year-old child should have been forced to endure.
Editing of this story is nearly perfect and sentence structure is good considering the main character is Chilean and speaks broken English.
Development of the main characters is thorough. A clear picture is painted of each main player
Details are broad brushed with few specifics. But they are enough to carry the story.
Research of the Chilean regime during the span of the story is evident.
The plot is dark, gritty, twisted and full of surprises.
The writing style is a bit wordy due to the translation to English and relies on the emotional aspect of the characters which is presented in great detail.
The story contains cursing, talk of torture, and hints of sexual intercourse. None of these are graphic.
Diego Alandia's portion of the Alicanto is presented as a person who's first language is Spanish speaking in non-native English. The Alicanto's portion is much easier to follow.
I was swept up in The Alicanto and highly recommend it. But be assured it is not your typical crime story; it provides insight into two different characters with surprising similarities.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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