Nov. 29th, 2012

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I got to the office too early so I have some time to kill, and [personal profile] meicdon13 's Trese post made me want to post something Trese too haha. But, I'd have to post the long-delayed Smaller and Smaller Circles review first, so instead of a full-blown review, have some pictures from my journal while I was reading Trese: Midnight Tribunal. Fair warning for expletives and Tagalog!

Pictures inside! )

Tomorrow is Bonifacio Day, and just in case I'm not here, here's to our Supremo, Andres Bonifacio. Mabuhay!
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Book: Smaller and Smaller Circles
Author: FH Batacan
Published: 2002 University of the Philippines Press

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWhere else in the world would a detective story with priests as main characters work, aside from, perhaps, the Vatican? The Philippines, with its 80% Catholic population, is as good a guess as any. Father Gus Saenz is a Jesuit priest and a highly-regarded forensic anthropologist, two occupations that would seem incongruent but somehow work smoothly. Working with him is his former student, Father Jerome Lucero, who is also a noted clinical psychologist. When a child is found on a dumpsite, eviscerated and decaying, the two are called in to investigate an apparent series of gruesome murders and to catch a rarity in Filipino crime – a serial killer.

If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss with gaze back at you. (Nietzsche) )

I enjoyed the book very much, and it begs a sequel. But it was written a decade or so ago, and there doesn’t seem to be any plan for one. FH Batacan is one of the contributors in the crime anthology Manila Noir, and I’m guessing (and hoping) she’ll bring back the two priests for another crime-solving mystery.

Some other notes on the book )

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