El Flamingo | Critical Book Review

Author Nick Davies injects a hefty dose of wit, snappiness, and passion into his debut mystery, El Flamingo. Drawing inspiration from his travels across Latin America, Davies weaves a narrative rich in adventure, vibrant landscapes, and Latin American culture.


Chasing Shadows in the Land of Flamingos

El Flamingo introduces Lou Galloway, a disillusioned actor seeking solace from Hollywood’s relentless pursuit of youth. What begins as a quest for self-discovery in Mexico takes an unexpected turn when Lou, after a chance encounter at a bar, finds himself branded as the mysterious assassin, “El Flamingo.” To survive, Lou must fully embrace the role, plunging himself into a perilous journey of self-discovery.


Lou Galloway: A Fish Out of Water

Lou, our protagonist, initially presents as brash, cynical, and somewhat pitiful. The interplay of his confidence in acting and self-deprecating humor makes for an intriguing character. As the plot unfolds, Lou’s internal monologue transforms into a comedic and charismatic force. El Flamingo successfully balances humor and thrills, creating a protagonist whose self-awareness adds charm to this fish-out-of-water tale.


Lost in Translation?

While El Flamingo delivers an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, certain aspects prompt reflection. As a native Spanish speaker, I yearned for a more authentic portrayal of regional dialects and slang. Lou’s rapid linguistic prowess, given his monolingual background, raises eyebrows. The narrative’s focus on specific regions offers depth but leaves me wondering about unexplored facets of Latin America.


Final Verdict: Buckle Up for a Breathless Ride

El Flamingo is a fast-paced, exhilarating journey that blends action and mystery seamlessly. Despite my questions about linguistic authenticity and a somewhat limited perspective on Latin America, the novel’s convivial and adventurous spirit prevails. If you’re craving a rollercoaster read that doesn’t take itself too seriously, El Flamingo is a compelling choice.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
YBK PublishersMystery, Thriller & Suspense206 pages9781936411849

Author Nick Davies injects a hefty dose of wit, snappiness, and passion into his debut mystery, El Flamingo. Drawing inspiration from his travels across Latin America, Davies weaves a narrative rich in adventure, vibrant landscapes, and Latin American culture. Chasing Shadows in the Land of Flamingos El Flamingo introduces Lou Galloway, a disillusioned actor seeking…