When Antonio Jauma, a director of the multinational conglomerate Petnay, is murdered, his widow seeks out private investigator Pepe Carvalho, who had met and forgotten the playboy executive after their single chance encounter--back when Carvalho still worked for the CIA. Read more...
When Antonio Jauma, a director of the multinational conglomerate Petnay, is murdered, his widow seeks out private investigator Pepe Carvalho, who had met and forgotten the playboy executive after their single chance encounter--back when Carvalho still worked for the CIA.
Jauma was a "womanizer," according to a friend, "of the least pleasant sense," and the police have decided that the murder is the work of an unhappy pimp. But Carvalho doggedly pursues his own phlegmatic investigation, with time out for his signature book burning (Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reasoning; Sholokov's And Quiet Flows the Don), cooking (leek soup and a freshly-caught steamed turbot), and running with his girlfriend Charo, whose last name he can't remember.
- ISBN-13: 9781612190389
- ISBN-10: 1612190383
- Publisher: Melville House Publishing
- Publish Date: January 2012
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.48 x 0.65 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
Series: Pepe Carvalho Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Montalbán's third procedural featuring ex-CIA operative Carvalho (after 2009's Tattoo) set in mid-1970s Spain, is another solid effort that's stronger as a portrayal of eccentric characters than as a whodunit puzzle. While the Spaniard was still with the Company, posing as a travelling salesman, he meets a fellow countryman, Antonio Jauma, on a flight to San Francisco. The two share a meal, and a short trip, but their lives don't intersect again until years later; Carvalho, who is now working as a private eye, learns that Jauma has been shot to death near Vich. The official line is that Jauma's womanizing led to his murder. His widow hires the investigator to solve the crime, although the dead man's employer, multinational corporation Petnay, is trying to suppress any scandal and hush things up. Montalbán's lead's cynical worldview and the author's winks at the reader are often amusing. (Jan.)