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Product Details

  • Series: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Melville International Crime; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612190340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612190341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Montalbán does for Barcelona what Chandler did for Los Angeles— he exposes the criminal power relationships beneath the façade of democracy.”
THE GUARDIAN

“Montalbán writes with authority and compassion— a le Carré-like sorrow.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"What’s not to like about a detective who, at the end of a hard day’s sleuthing, rustles up a duck ragout at 1 in the morning and then sits down to eat it?" — THE DAILY BEAST

“A writer who is caustic about the powerful and tender towards the oppressed.”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“Carvalho travels down the mean calles with humor, perception, and compassion.”
THE TIMES (LONDON)

“Does for modern Barcelona what Dickens did for 19th century London.”
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“Carvalho is funny . . . scathingly witty about the powerful. He is an original eccentric, burning books and cooking all night. Like Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe, he is a man of honor walking the mean streets of a sick society.”
THE INDEPENDENT (LONDON)

“A sharp wit and a knowing eye.”
SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON)

About the Author

Born in Barcelona in 1939, MANUEL VÁZQUEZ MONTALBÁN (1939–2003) was a member of Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya (PSUC), and was jailed by the Franco government for four years for supporting a miners’ strike. A columnist for Madrid’s El País, as well as a prolific poet, playwright, and essayist, Vázquez Montalbán was also a well-known gourmand who wrote often about food. The nineteen novels in his Pepe Carvalho series have won international acclaim, including the Planeta prize (1979) and the International Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (1981), both for Southern Seas. He died in 2003 in Thailand, on his way home to Barcelona.

NICK CAISTOR’S translations from the Spanish and the Portuguese include works by José Saramago and Paulo Coelho, and he is the author of Che Guevara: A Life.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By erisgeenhoop on September 22, 2013
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Tango, the disappeared, Maradona; it is the answer to the often repeated question "what do you know about Buenos Aires"in this masterpiece by Manuel Vazquez Montalban.This time Pepe Carvalho leaves his beloved Barcelona for the tragic city of Buenos Aires, whose inhabitants are trying to come to terms with the upheavals of their recent history.Apart from hair-raising adventures,Carvalho's baptism into the Buenos Aires culture provides of course also ample opportunity to sample Argentinian cuisine.As an hommage to Pepe and also out of curiosity, today I tried the recipy for ninos envueltas on page 268, which I accompanied with a full-bodied Syraz from Argentina's Mendoza wine region.I dare say as full bodied as the femme fatales in this, my best loved Carvalho mystery, so far.
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This book was well written and evoked Buenos Aires so well that you could taste and smell it, but the plot doesn't deliver. It sets up an expectation for a grand reunion that winds up being pathetic.
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By C. Maltas on January 24, 2014
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Well written and evocative of the city and its tragic history, the book is almost impenetrably complex. So many characters and sub-plots that you lose the thread of the main story of a "disappeared" child of leftists, stolen and raised by the man who killed or imprisoned members of her family and their friends.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 9, 2013
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THE BOOK IS REALLY good it leave you wondering at the end. In some places it should give you a little more background.
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