Love and betrayal complicate a robbery gone wrong in this edgy true-crime novel based on a 1965 Argentine bank robbery. There's the drama of the botched raid itself, followed by a blowout afterparty, an attempted double-crossing of the corrupt local authorities, and a final shootout where, as a last act of rebellion, the robbers burn all the loot.
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Piglia offers no soft words in his stark true-crime novel - now also a film ('Plata quemada') and winner of the Goya Prize for best Foreign Film. Piglia draws on actual accounts of a gang who raided a treasury van outside a bank, in Buenos Aires in 1965, and the ensuing chain of events. His harsh narrative is peopled with a compact cast of misfits. Members of the psychotic gang, pulled together by Malito, the 'brains' behind the heist, have their own perversions, killing, drugs, sex, sadism. Collectively they find a carefully laid plan spirals out of control. As the plot lurches from one depraved incident to another Piglia maintains the suspense, unraveling the outcome in a final showdown. Not a book for the faint-hearted, there are no sympathies to be won here. No misguided youths awaiting redemption. The scant emotionally telling passages are saved for the epilogue. (Kirkus UK)
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