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A ghost narrates Reig's whimsical speculative novel, set in the same alternative Madrid as Blood on the Saddle (2006). After a thug fires a bullet into the head of 35-year-old María Dolores Eguíbar Madrazo, a children's book author who writes under the name Lola Lios, her ghost seeks to find out why she was murdered. Might there be some connection with her ex-husband, Fernando Eguilaz, a famous scientist who's been hard at work synthesising neuroprotein K666 (discovered by Lola's psychiatrist father) as a potential cure for death? Lola's most popular fictional character, Benito Viruta, provides solace as she muses on what was, what might have been and what is. To really live you have to learn to die, she concludes. Reig conjures an extraordinary ending that's as elusive as a butterfly's kiss. (Dec.)
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The author of the cult favorite Blood on the Saddle (2006) returns with another offbeat, quirky novel set in a sort of alternate-reality version of Spain in which the country is now part of the U.S. It begins with the murder of the story’s narrator, Maria Dolores Esquibar, a popular author of children’s novels. Understandably, Maria Dolores would very much like to find out who killed her. Because her killers made her turn over some documents before they shot her, she suspects her murder had something to do with the neuroprotein K666, an experimental serum that could reverse the course of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, not to mention stop death itself in its tracks. But does this mean her ex-husband, the developer of K666, could be behind her murder? And can an eccentric private eye named Carlos Clot, who likes his whiskey a little too much, get to the bottom of things? Part mystery, part science fiction, part fantasy, the novel is wholly original—and completely entertaining. It may remind some readers of the works of Richard Matheson. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Series: Paperback Original
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429225
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,712,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 8, 2008
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Deftly translated from the original Spanish by Paul Hammond, "A Pretty Face" is an original metaphysical mystery by Rafael Reig set in a kind of alternate universe where in the city of Madrid in 1999 the oil mines have been drained dry, the Spanish Communist party has succumbed to an American army coup making Spain a part of the USA and Anglo the official language. The rich reside in the safety of gated communities, the poor survive where ever and how ever they can. Drug addicts live in fear of genetic engineers who are testing a neuroprotein called K666 which they think might even put an end to death. The story is narrated by Maria Dolores Equibar's tormented ghost after she is murdered. The daughter of the doctor who discovered K666, and with the help of an imaginary sidekick Benito (a randy, one-eyed teenage hero from her series of successful kids novels), Maria's ghost slowly unravels the tangle of events which led to her own violent demise. "A Pretty Face" is a superbly written blend of fantasy, mystery, and unconventional conventions making it a fast paced, unexpectedly conflated, terrifically entertaining read. Also very highly recommended is Rafael Reig's previous sci- fi/detective/western/literary romance/comically detailed novel "Blood On The Saddle".
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