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Author Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, 1973-
Uniform Title Ruido de las cosas al caer. English
Title The sound of things falling / Juan Gabriel Vásquez ; t ranslated from the Spanish by Anne McLean.
Published New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.
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 Reading Room  PQ8180.32.A797 R8513 2013    IN LIBRARY
 Generously Provided By: Robert and Maureen GohstandReading Room Bookplate Image 
Description 270 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Note "Originally published in Spain 2011 by Alfaguara (Santillana Ediciones Generales) as El ruido de las cosas al caer."
Summary No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde than disaffected young Colombian lawyer Antonio Yammara realizes that his new friend has a secret, or rather several secrets. Antonio's fascination with the life of ex-pilot Ricardo Laverde begins by casual acquaintance in a seedy Bogotá billiard hall and grows until the day Ricardo receives a cassette tape in an unmarked envelope. Asking Antonio to find him somewhere private to play it, they go to a library. The first time he glances up from his seat in the next booth, Antonio sees tears running down Laverde's cheeks; the next, the ex-pilot has gone. Shortly afterwards, Ricardo is shot dead on a street corner in Bogotá by a guy on the back of a motorbike and Antonio is caught in the hail of bullets. Lucky to survive, and more out of love with life than ever, he starts asking questions until the questions become an obsession that leads him to Laverde's daughter. His troubled investigation leads all the way back to the early 1960s, marijuana smuggling and a time before the cocaine trade trapped a whole generation of Colombians in a living nightmare of fear and random death.
Language Translated from the Spanish.
Subject Drug traffic -- Colombia -- Fiction.
Male friendship -- Fiction.
Colombia -- History -- Fiction.
Genre Suspense fiction.
Collection Title Robert and Maureen Gohstand Reading Room Collection.
ISBN 9781594487484 (hbk.)
1594487480 (hbk.)
OCLC number 820123673