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The Good Suicides: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Antonio Hill
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Unrelenting hero of The Summer of Dead Toys, Inspector Hector Salgado returns in another riveting crime thriller
After a company retreat in a remote country house, senior employees of Alemany Cosmetics return with a dark secret. They’ve each received an anonymous, menacing email of only two words: “Never forget”. What’s worse, the message is accompanied by a nightmarish photo attachment showing the bodies of dogs—hung to death from a tree—near the very same farm estate they just visited. When they begin killing themselves, one by one, the connection between the shocking photos and the suicides baffles Barcelona law enforcement and corporate think tanks alike, threatening a terrifying end for everyone involved.
Breaking through the insular power structures of these enigmatic executives isn't easy, but Inspector Salgado has his own ways of making those still alive speak up.  As the clock is ticking before another suicide, Salgado is doing all he can to bring the terror to an end.  Meanwhile, his partner Leire, bored on her maternity leave, remains fixated on Salgado’s missing wife, Ruth.  She refuses to give up on a case many—including Salgado—fear is hopeless.
Antonio Hill deftly braids these two stories together for a richly layered and darkly chilling thriller about secrets, cover-ups, and devastating lies.    

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*Starred Review* Life is never easy or straightforward in Hill’s Barcelona. In this second Hector Salgado novel (following The Summer of Dead Toys, 2013), the Barcelona police detective is still on the sidelines, punishment for his savage beating of human trafficker Dr. Omar. He’s also sidelined from the investigation of his wife Ruth’s disappearance, and he’s wrestling with being a single parent to his teenage son. But when employees of a trendy cosmetics company return from a “team-building” exercise and begin to commit suicide, Hector is finally brought back into the game. Meanwhile, Leire Castro, Hector’s smart and ambitious assistant, on leave awaiting the birth of her child, begins an unauthorized reinvestigation of Ruth’s disappearance and finds a link to Omar as well as to the national scandal of Spain’s “stolen babies.” Hector encounters Lola, his lover when he met Ruth, and she aids his investigation while squelching any possibility of resuming their relationship. And through it all, characters ponder, each in his or her own way, a pervasive sense of dread and of impending societal collapse, driven by Spain’s disastrous economic problems and income inequality. That dread feels like a Catalan analog to the angst that plagued Henning Mankell’s Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander. Stylistically, Hill employs the literary equivalent to what soccer fans call “tiki-taka,” the intricate and mesmerizing short passing game used by Spain’s national team. It’s not easy or straightforward, but The Good Suicides is also mesmerizing. --Thomas Gaughan


"Extraordinary...The macabre premise is a shocker, but Salgado is the real surprise."--New York Times Book Review

“Absorbing and surprising.” --Wall Street Journal

"Rich, nuanced characterizations distinguish Hill's impressive second thriller featuring Barcelona Insp. Hector Salgado."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Intricate and mesmerizing.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Atmospheric . . . The characters are intriguingly complex, and the author skillfully pulls the rug out with a flourish at the end.”—Library Journal  

“[Salgado] clings like a bull-dog once he sinks his teeth into a case. . . .A master performance that bodes well for this thoughtful series.” —Alfred Hitchcock Magazine  

Praise for The Summer of Dead Toys:

"This dark thriller is an amazing debut--acutely observed and meticulously crafted."--John Verdon, bestselling author of Let the Devil Sleep

"Penetrating, atmospheric. . . . Thoroughly compelling." --Kirkus Reviews

"Salgado's rich inner life and Hill's talents at plotting and prose bode well for a successful series." --Publishers Weekly
“Hugely impressive. . . . Hill’s book seems to have arrived fully-formed with confidence and authority, peeling back the skeins of deceit and betrayal in a most satisfying fashion.” —The Independent

“Entertaining.” —The Times

“A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir. . . . Excellent characterization, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, and plenty of plot twists, with a cliffhanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series.” —The Guardian

Product Details

  • File Size: 1672 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0770435904
  • Publisher: Crown (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
What could happen on a team / motivation week away for employees of Alemany Cosmetics at a remote country house? This is what Inspector Salgado of Barcelona has to unravel whilst trying to control his emotions stirred up by the disappearance of his wife Ruth. The suicide of an employee and his killing of his wife and child may be connected, or is it? This is a good story but you have to be patient, it is a very slow burner. Partly necessary, the early chapters are filled with background to the characters including that of Inspector Salgado.You are always wondering what has actually happened and why the picture of strangled dogs hanging from a tree is so important. The author Antonio Hill refuses to give any real clues other than a few crumbs, which doesn't give you any chance of understanding what happened until it is revealed. Is it to do with the cosmetics industry and vivisection protest groups, is a the company a depressing place to work - sorry but you have to wait.

This is the second book in the series and I have rated it with 3 stars, but if it had been a little faster paced it would certainly deserve 4 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Suicides August 23, 2013
Having really enjoyed The Summer of Dead Toys I was keen to read the next novel featuring Inspector Hector Salgado. The first book was set in a sweltering, Barcelona summer, but now it is winter and events from the summer have bled into this story. Leire Castro, who was partnered with Salgado in the last mystery, is now on maternity leave. However, with Salgado's ex-wife, Ruth, still missing after the Summer of Dead Toys, she decides to do a little investigating on her own time. That side story accompanies the main investigation; that of the strange spate of suicides among a group of people who work for the same company.

As before, Hector Salgado's private life, plus that of other characters, are as important as both the cases they are investigating and, indeed, the setting of the book itself. Salgado is still coping with being labelled as violent and unpredictable, even though he is nothing more than short tempered, and is also trying to learn how to be a father to his teenage son. He certainly inspires loyalty from those around him, including the impatient Castro, who has her own problems to deal with in this novel. As Salgado attempts to unravel what happened on a team building exercise among a group of executives from a cosmetics company, which has erupted into murder and suicide, another member of his past team are attempting to unravel the mysteries of his own life. The whole novel ties in well and I enjoyed both the atmosphere of Barcelona and the characters in this series, which I look forward to following in future books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I read The Good Suicides because I enjoy reading detective fiction, especially fiction set in interesting locations outside the US. The first book by Hill had good reviews, and his main character seemed interesting, a bit dark with a chip on his shoulder. Unfortunately the book fails to broaden or deepen the character of Detective Salgado, and also misses opportunities to bring the very interesting city of Barcelona into sharper focus. I like what Ian Rankin does with Edinburgh, making the city a vital component of his stories.

Meanwhile the Good Suicides don't seem to be suicides, and the detective and others are following them up. The investigation seems haphazard, and the big reveal is unsatisfying. The general rule of thumb in detective novels is that the author must present the body or crime, and at least introduce the criminal. In this book the criminals are obvious, but the crime they committed is never disclosed until the end. It felt too much like a rabbit pulled out of a hat, and ultimately unsatisfying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange & gripping May 4, 2014
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All the suicides are employees of the same family-owned cosmetics company in Barcelona. To add to the horror, the first suicide killed his wife and baby, as well as shooting himself. The company owners and other employees express dismay and amazement at the deaths. No one knows anything...

The case presents Inspector Hector Saldago with little to go on, except a gruesome photo emailed to one of the suicides. And he doesn't expect much help from his new assistant, a timid young fellow given to blushing. The detective he used to rely on, the brilliant Leire Castro, is on maternity leave.

The multi-layered plot is dense with mysteries, lies and secrets. Hector has an embarrassment of suspects, guilty of he's not sure what. Were the suicides provoked? Or could they actually be homicides?

There's no sense of time dragging, as with many police procedurals. Something is always happening. The momentum of the story keeps the reader hooked. And while Hector's pursues his case in a cloud of compulsive smoking, Agent Castro sits at home eating, not smoking, feeling fat, bored out of her mind. And so she decides to take up the unsolved case of Saldago's missing wife. This investigation is every bit as complex and involving as Saldago's suicides. And Castro's personal story makes a fascinating subplot.

Saldago is an intriguing investigator. He's in therapy for violent tendencies and is irritable from lack of sleep throughout the book. He loves his teenage son but can't connect with him. He's not dating anyone and goes running to work off his tension.

Anthony Hill is a delightful writer. He offers us a rich tapestry of terrific storytelling. This book is every bit as gripping and strange as his first Saldago mystery, the Summer of Dead Toys, which should be read first to understand the manic inspector. I recommend both books wholeheartedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid detective story
This is a well-written, logical and believable story populated with “real people”.
The detective has a back-story and exists outside of work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James W. Durney
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent second outing
I loved the first book in this series (The Summer of Dead Toys). To me, this second book was not as well written, nor as well plotted. Read more
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Hector Salgado has yet another gut punch of a case to solve in Barcelona: the suicides of three employees of the same cosmetics company. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A european novel, far more concerned with exploring the grey areas of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of 2014
I don't usually read series fiction out of order, but I figured I'd give this one a shot because I found the description intriguing. Read more
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