Blood Makes Noise, the debut novel by Gregory Widen, is an action-packed thriller based on the events before and after the death of Eva Perón (available April 30, 2013).
It’s hard to articulate the effect Eva Perón had on Argentina. Her combination of charisma and chutzpah took her from what we could gently call an unfortunate childhood, to an undistinguished career as an actress, to the position of First Lady. In a different time, she’d have been running the country herself. (There were plenty of people who figured she pretty much was.) But this was 1946, and while her husband Juan Perón was serving as president of Argentina, Evita was traveling around the country charming the pants off everyone. By 1951, there was strong and unprecedented public sentiment toward making her a candidate for vice president in the next election.
The fact that she died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 33 merely ensured Evita’s place in the pantheon of the great gone-too-soon and elevated her popularity to a galactic scale. Weirdly, her body was embalmed and meticulously preserved by a Dr. Pedro Ara in a process that took about a year to complete. Her remains became what could only be described as a holy relic.
And then they disappeared…