CARI MORA

DRUM - - CHILL OUT - – ANDRÉ J BRINK

BY THOMAS HAR­RIS (WIL­LIAM HEINEMANN)

Thomas Har­ris cre­ated one of the most evil and sadis­tic killers in lit­er­ary his­tory. No­body who’s seen the movie Si­lence of the Lambs or read the book can ever for­get Hannibal Lecter. I for one will al­ways re­mem­ber him say­ing: “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chi­anti,” and then mak­ing that aw­ful slurp­ing sound. Yikes!

That’s why I picked up Cari Mora with great ex­pec­ta­tions of be­ing shocked and fright­ened out of my wits, but what a dis­ap­point­ment it turned out to be.

There’s no way you can call this a thriller. It tells the fairly lame story of Cari Mora, a young Colom­bian refugee who was a child sol­dier for the Farc rebels. She now works as a care­taker at the creepy old man­sion in Mi­ami that once be­longed to the drug king Pablo Es­co­bar.

A cou­ple of vil­lains are in­ter­ested in this house be­cause there’s a ru­mour Es­co­bar buried $27 mil­lion in gold ­be­neath it in a booby-trapped safe.

The pages of this book are lit­tered with dead bod­ies and yet it all feels rather hol­low and never re­ally grips the imag­i­na­tion. Stay away if you love the Hannibal books.

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