From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed screenwriter of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, A Sweet Scent of Death is Guillermo Arriaga's tale of deception, passion, and violence fused together by the tragic killing of a young girl in a small Mexican village.
Early one morning in a deserted field, Ramón Castaños is confronted with the dead body of Adela, a lovely young girl whom he had only admired from afar. Within an hour, rumor of the death of Ramón Castaños's girlfriend has spread to every corner of Loma Grande. This powder trail of gossip ignites further violence when the villagers, thirsty for revenge, cast about for answers and hit upon the nomadic José Echeverri-Berriozábal, known as "the Gypsy". Honor then demands that Ramón must now live out his imaginary past in a brutal reality and prove his manhood by avenging Adela's cruel fate.
Guillermo Arriaga is the author of The Night Buffalo and The Guillotine Squad. He has worked in television, radio, and film. Arriaga is the award-winning screenwriter of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and Babel.
An interesting, fairly engrossing crime story set in rural Mexico. The reader has worked hard at the Mexican accents, but the lurch between standard American for the narration and Mexican for the dialogue is too extreme; he should have gone with one or the other.