Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos : Alt.Latino Good guys, bad guys, cops and intrigue — it's all part of the world of Latino noir fiction. Author Carmen Amato takes us on a tour of the genre.
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Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

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Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

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This week, Alt.Latino takes a look at a literary genre that explores the darker sides of Latino imagination. Darko Labor/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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This week, Alt.Latino takes a look at a literary genre that explores the darker sides of Latino imagination.

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This week, Alt.Latino takes a literary turn as we explore the world of Latino noir.

Good guys, bad guys and cops who are both; murder, intrigue and gallows humor; highly stylized writing — it's all there, as with any noir fiction. But these books and stories are written by Latinx authors.

Our guide through this wonderful world of crime fiction is writer Carmen Amato. She's the author of a thrilling series featuring a detective named Emilia Cruz, the first female detective on the Acapulco police force.

We have a lengthy discussion of Amato's writing, and she helps us explore the work of other Latino-noir writers. To do that, we're trying something new in our show: Along with music, you'll hear dramatic readings of excerpts of stories and books by the authors we discuss.

The show is a little different this week, but our intent is still the same: to present Latinx arts and culture in as many forms as possible. Listen, enjoy and find something new to love.

All readings by Washington, D.C.-based actress and performer Marisa Arbona-Ruiz.

Hear The Readings

  • 'Needle In A Haystack'

    By Ernesto Mallo

    Translated by Jethro Soutar

    Published by Bitter Lemon Press

    Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

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  • 'My Bad: A Mile High Noir'

    By Manuel Ramos

    Published by Arte Público Press

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  • "Violeta Isn't Here Anymore"

    By Myriam Laurini

    From Mexico City Noir, published by Akashic Books

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  • 'No Happy Ending'

    By Paco Ignacio Taibo II

    Published by Poisoned Pen Press

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  • 'Hat Dance'

    By Carmen Amato

    Published independently

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Moonlight (Claro de Luna)

  • from Nocturne
  • by Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
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Nocturne
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Nocturne
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Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Label
Verve

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Eres Mi Religión

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  • by Maná
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Revolución
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Revolución
Artist
Maná
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WEA International
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