My Favorite Scar

By Nicolás Ferraro

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Publisher Soho Press Imprint Soho Crime ISBN


My Favorite Scar

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Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing,Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use,Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes,Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment,Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

A teenage girl and her gangster father embark on a road trip toward revenge in this award-winning coming-of-age Argentinian noir.

Fifteen-year-old Ámbar has never known any parent other than her father, Víctor Mondragón, nor any life other than his—the life of a criminal. On any given Friday night, Ámbar longs to be at the arcade or a rock concert, but she’s more likely to be patching up Víctor’s latest bullet hole in a dingy motel or creating a new set of fake identities for the both of them. Although she has come to terms with the realities of her life and enjoys aspects of the freedom from societal constraints that lawlessness offers her, she yearns for love and stability—to be like every other teenage girl.

When a tattooed mercenary kills Víctor’s best friend and vows that Víctor is next, father and daughter set off on a joyride across Argentina in search of bloody retribution—kill or be killed. But Ámbar’s growing pains hurt worse than her beloved sawed-off shotgun’s kickback as she begins to question the structure of her world. How much is her father not telling her? Could her life ever be different? And will she survive long enough to find out?

My Favorite Scar is bitterly poetic, as gritty as it is devastating. Buenos Aires–based author Nicolás Ferraro has once again proven himself to be the king of Argentinian noir with this atmospheric, emotional character study that won Spain’s prestigious Dashiell Hammett Prize in 2022.

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Velasin and Caethari have gotten past the plot determined to break them apart, but now they actually have more time to get to know each other better. At least they did, until the Tithena's monarch requested their presence in the capital city of Qi-Xihan. Saddled with gear, guilt, and their own inner turmoils, Vel and Cae find that their thin foundation is crumbling again, and assailants pursue their group to Qi-Xihan, where the local court factions all look for their piece of power. Cae and Vel must use all of their own skills, along with their growing feelings, to stay strong in the face of both the known and the unknown adversaries attempting to break alliances across the kingdoms. Political and personal machinations deepen the action, and Vel's friend and valet Markel continues to be the insightful bridge between the two men. VERDICT The follow-up to A Strange and Stubborn Endurance continues to grow the richly immersive landscape of these fantasy lands, and the character growth matches the pace.—Kristi Chadwick

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