“Between 1977 and 1990, Montalbán wrote half a dozen novels that stand among the best in modern Spanish literature. Like Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, he is the man of honour walking the mean streets of a sick society.”—The Independent
"Pepe Carvalho is a true original."—The Times (London)
Spain's most famous detective Pepe Carvalho is back in Barcelona and is swiftly embroiled in a murderous scandal amid the murky politics of twenty-first century Catalonia. When the son of a rich financier is murdered, Carvalho is called upon to investigate his mysterious death. In his quest for the killer, Carvalho infiltrates the world of satanism and religious sects.
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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was born in Barcelona in 1939. He was a journalist, novelist and creator of Pepe Carvalho, a fast-living, gourmet private detective. Montalbán won both the Raymond Chandler Prize and the French Grand Prix of Detective Fiction for his thrillers, which are translated into all major languages. He died in October 2003.Review:
Among the best in modern Spanish literature... The Carvalho mix is funny... the detective is scathingly witty about the powerful. He is an original eccentric, burning books and cooking all night... Like Chandler's Philip Marlowe, he is the man of honour walking the mean streets of a sick society. * Independent * Bon-vivant detective Pepe Carvalho is once more in his beloved Barcelona, and back to his usual nonchalant style of sleuthing between slap-up meals and the appreciation of female pulchritude... one of the best. * Guardian *
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