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The Islands by Carlos Gamerro

By January 31, 2013

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The Islands is a plate-spinningly good swirl of Thomas Pynchon, Roberto Bolano and vintage Richard Powers: an absurdist, nationalistic dredge through the Falklands War set in Argentina during the early 90s tech-boom. Felipe Felix is an Argentinian hacker and a veteran of the Falklands War hired by Senor Tamerlan, a wealthy executive, to solve a mysterious murder. Utilizing his technical expertise, Felix is to hack together a list of witnesses and track down any clues relating to the victim and the perpetrator.

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