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THE MAN WHO KNEW HOW TO DIE (working title)

Miguel Bonasso

  • Original Title: EL HOMBRE QUE SABIA MORIR
  • Publication date: June 2017
  • Publisher: Sudamericana
  • Country: AR
  • 384 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Thriller

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Mexico
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Death, Double identity, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Identity fraud, Survival, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment

Pitch

When a young millionaire disappears in Cancun, a man who had changed his identity after a plane crash in the 70s decides that it is time for him to reappear.

Comments

Miguel Bonasso (Buenos Aires, 1940) is a journalist, writer and politician. He began his career at Extra, Semana Gráfica and La Opinión. Hunted by the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance and the dictatorship’s death squads, he left his country in 1977 and exiled himself in Mexico.

Summary

When a young millionaire disappears in Cancun, a man who had changed his identity after a plane crash in the 70s decides that it is time for him to reappear.

Based on real events along with others that are less verifiable, Bonasso suggests that David Graiver, a fearless Argentinian businessman and banker, didn’t die in that 1976 plane accident. Graiver laundered the ransom money obtained by the Montoneros (an urban guerrilla group active in Argentina between 1970 and 1979) from the kidnapping of the Born brothers, heirs to the richest family in Argentina.

The unfortunate fate of his family after his presumed death (disappeared, tortured and jailed in order to seize their assets) is novelized in this book. But Bonasso builds on that episode, using it as a starting point for a fast-paced, addictive plot in which Narcosatanists, CIA spies, and the Cuban government do battle.

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