Hurricane: A Short Story
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From R. Narvaez, a board member of the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, and exciting new voice in noir . . .
“If there is any justice in the world, [R. Narvaez] should become a giant on the literary noir scene within the next couple of years.”
—Anthony Neil Smith, author of Yellow Medicine, on the story “Roachkiller” More
A luckless womanizer visiting Puerto Rico for his cousin’s wedding; a dark, beautiful woman who needs a favor; and a rare Indian artifact people would kill to get their hands on—all of it amidst an approaching tropical storm that may be only the beginning of the violence. That’s the story of “Hurricane”—from dynamite noir writer R. Narvaez, whose work has appeared in Indian Country Noir and Long Island Noir.
“Hurricane” also appears (as “Juracán”) in Roachkiller and Other Stories, the debut collection of short stories from noir writer R. Narvaez. The collection includes 10 hard-boiled tales, many with a dash of dark humor. Get-rich schemes gone violently awry. A slacker detective far out of his depth. A reformed criminal who can’t get past his killer instincts. The action moves from Brooklyn to Puerto Rico, from the ’70s to the near future, from deadly divorces to homicidal hipsters. Narvaez travels down the dimly lit side streets of noir you’ve never seen before.
Contents of Roachkiller and Other Stories
In the Kitchen with Johnny Albino
Santa’s Little Helper
Ibarra Goes Down
Watching the Iguanas
Rough Night in Toronto
“Plenty of good surprises [in this book]: R. Narvaez in [‘Hurricane’] tells a story set in Puerto Rico among the legends of the Tainos, stolen artifacts, double- and triple-crosses, uneasy justice.”
—Manuel Ramos, author of King of the Chicanos, on the collection Indian Country Noir
“Hilarious and memorable.”
—Kirkus Reviews, on the story “Hating Holly Hernandez” in the collection You Don’t Have a Clue
Nuyorican writer R. Narvaez was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His fiction has been published in Mississippi Review, Murdaland, Street Magazine, Thrilling Detective, Indian Country Noir, Long Island Noir, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, and You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens. His short story "Roachkiller" was selected as a Distinguished Mystery Story in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, edited by George Pelecanos. He blogs at Nuyorican Obituary.