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Joaquin A. Pineda, born in 1987, is a bilingual hard-boiled fiction author from Mexico. He is the author of a Spanish language novel and four more yet-to-be-published works, having written MUTEKI, his first novel-length draft, at the age of twenty-one. He cites the work of Mario Puzo, Raymond Chandler and Victor Hugo as his biggest influences.
Whenever he is not busy writing more work, Joaquin balances his literary career with a passion for teaching English, History, Ethics and Literature to public high school students. Not too far behind are his interests in the sports of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA).
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
"His Name was Charlie Talbott" is a collection of short noir stories that all seem to take place in the same city. There're tales of betrayal, despair, and hopelessness centering around a cast of characters who are all forced into bad situations that they don't want to be in. It's a story about a city ruled by corruption and crime.
About half of the stories center around a character named Charlie Talbott, a hitman/debt-collector. The author, Pineda, paints him in a sympathetic light while still detailing the grisly, ugly tasks that Talbott has to perform.
Without spoiling too much, I'll say that Pineda paints a very vivid picture with his writing, and he's very effective at setting a dark tone of despair and hopelessness as his characters experience heartbreaking circumstances.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys good noir. These stories are short but powerful, leaving the reader with a clear image of what it means to be in the shoes of people like Charlie Talbott.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)