Like watching Burn Notice or reading a Carl Hiaasen novel, part of the fun of living in Miami is trying to distinguish what rings true in the fictional depictions of our city (out of disrespect, we wont even mention Nip/Tuck). Enter the latest Lupe Solano mystery from local novelist Carolina Garcia-Aguilera. Dont let her nine-year hiatus throw you. Garcia-Aguilera is back to her best with a violent plot that is both outlandish and meandering. So its fitting that her latest effort is titled Bloody Twist. Even more appropriate: The book features killer Chihuahuas and a $5,000-a-night virgin call girl. Those unfamiliar with Lupe who slums it as a private dick even though shes independently wealthy will immediately cry foul. But Garcia-Aguilera is not your typical bookworm. Unlike her pedantic colleagues, she actually mucked it up as a PI in the 80s. I knew I wanted Lupe to be a private investigator, so I became a private eye. Im pretty anal. I have to get things right, the author says. So when Lupe is back in action, chasing chaste escorts and solving multiple murders, dont doubt the source or that a virgin can command that kind of dough.
Fri., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., 2010