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The sound of things falling

Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Gabriel Vásquez
ISBN: 9781594487484 1594487480
OCLC Number: 820123673
Language Note: Translated from the Spanish.
Notes: "Originally published in Spain 2011 by Alfaguara (Santillana Ediciones Generales) as El ruido de las cosas al caer."
Description: 270 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Ruido de las cosas al caer.
Responsibility: Juan Gabriel Vásquez ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean.

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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.

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