Edits Almost Completed

The final edits for Cabrones Perros are taking place as I write this. It’s been a busy writing week, with me writing a music article, an interview and a short story I’m working on for an anthology. I wanted to name or list several sources and influences I had for this book, but the best I can think of are three of my favorite Elmore Leonard books: Rum Punch, Stick and Out of Sight. I wanted to dedicate the space of the story to Florida, and the fictional city of Odyssey which is a mix of Tarpon Springs and Tampa, FL., two places where I lived as a teenager. Some of the recollections in the book are based on my experiences with riding my bike to Davis Island Beach as a teen. The book is a mix of nostalgia for me, but also it’s about the business of organized and disorganized crime. I did my research reading Roberto Saviano’s masterful Gomorrah. Also the television show of the same name and Narcos were a big influence along with the above mentioned Elmore Leonard books, and perhaps a bit of influence from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher Trilogy, all highly recommended. I can’t wait for this book to arrive and for you to get your hands on it. For me personally, it’s a relief when something I worked so hard on is finally let loose into the world. Cabrones Perros was written during the pandemic shutdown and I enjoyed writing it so much that I didn’t want it to end. Once I came up with the ending, all I could do was go back and read it over and over again because I really enjoyed the story. Although mosaic, all of the stories and characters converge to create the narrative. With such a huge cast of characters, the end result is something akin to a Robert Altman movie, or if he’d directed an episode of Miami Vice. I’ve been pitching it to people as Elmore Leonard meets Miami Vice with a little bit of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, because of all of the violence. It concludes my Dog Trilogy, which happened quite by accident. When I wrote Dead Dogs I felt it was two short. I’d thought I’d throw in two other short books I’d written long ago to make it a solid anthology, loosely related, whose titles related to dogs. Dead Dogs had a successful life of its own and the rest is history. Cabrones Perros concludes some of the loose ends of the two previous books in the trilogy, though some characters have a future in other novels that I’ve completed. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading.

Manny Torres

Writer & Blogger

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