“Impressive… Widen’s atmospheric thriller, full of broken men in a broken country, succeeds in capturing the hold that Evita had over so many, even in death.” —Publishers Weekly
On a summer’s night in 1955, CIA officer Michael Suslov is summoned to a secret vault in the heart of Buenos Aires. His mission: transport the corpse of Eva Perón to a safe hiding place in the wake of her husband’s fall from power. But before Michael can comply, everything goes tragically, horribly wrong….
Fifteen years later, Suslov is a ghost of a man living off the radar—and the only soul alive that knows where Evita is buried. When a shadow from his past appears and asks him for help in bringing the body home, as part of a peace deal to end the civil war tearing Argentina apart, Michael agrees, hoping this last mission will quiet the demons from his former life. But Michael Suslov isn’t the only one on a recovery mission. Others are desperate to unearth Eva Perón first—and lay claim to the shattering secret she took to the grave….
Based on a little-known yet fascinating true story, Blood Makes Noise is both a riveting thriller and an examination of the power of the dead over the lives of the living.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was excited to get the opportunity to review Blood Makes Noise, because I had studied Evita Peron in school and have always been fascinated by her. I also love historical thrillers, so for me this was a golden opportunity. I must say, my excitement dwindled early on, because the first and second parts of the book are extremely wordy. The author over-writes many chapters and I found my mind wondering a lot. The third part of the book was fantastic, fast-paced, thrilling and just what I expected from the beginning. The beginning of the book takes place in 1947, where only two people bear witness to one of the most secretive acts of Evita Peron. The first part of the book focuses on CIA agent Michael Suslov, the central character in Blood Makes Noise. The author goes into great detail to explain Suslov’s upbringing, and the tragedies that have plagued him. During Michael’s career in the CIA, he formed a bond with Argentine military intelligence officer, Hector Cabinillas. Hector only trusts Michael, so when he needs to move the preserved body of Evita Peron, he calls on Michael to do it. In 1956, another tragedy strikes Michael that becomes too much for him to bear. So begins his descent from grace, and ends with his reprimand and resignation from the CIA. Sixteen years later, Michael, being the only one who knows where the body of Evita is stored, is asked to bring her back to Buenos Aires. Using this opportunity to redeem himself, he races against rogue CIA agents to complete his mission. So this is where the book really gets interesting. The writing is fantastic. I felt like I was there. This book was written based upon historical facts. It’s up to each person’s interpretation as to whether the events are as depicted in this book. I must say, I have read a lot of books about Evita, and this book comes as close to the truth as I would perceive it. If the whole book was written with the same intensity as the third part titled “Her,” I definitely would have given it a five star review. *I received a free copy from Media Connect in exchange for my unbiased review.*