Overview - A Petra Delicado mystery "Inspector Petra Delicado and Sgt. Fermin Garzon prove to be one of the more engaging sleuth teams to debut in a long time."-- The Washington Post Tough, sexy, at times apparently pitiless, Petra Delicado is a new kind of cop in Spanish crime writing. Read more...
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A Petra Delicado mystery
"Inspector Petra Delicado and Sgt. Fermin Garzon prove to be one of the more engaging sleuth teams to debut in a long time."--The Washington Post
Tough, sexy, at times apparently pitiless, Petra Delicado is a new kind of cop in Spanish crime writing. As she battles with sexist colleagues, ruthless reporters, indifferent witnesses, hardened criminals, and houseplants that just won't flower, she sometimes thinks her thirst for new challenges and perpetual change is more trouble than it's worth.
Inspector Delicado has been chained to a tiresome desk job in the documentation department of the Barcelona police force for months. But things are about to change. The department is short-handed and there's a serial rapist on the loose. Delicado is partnered with the portly and impossibly compliant Sergeant Fermin Garzon with orders to solve the case before it succeeds in ruining the good name of the Barcelona police force. However, the only lead they have is the rapist's mysterious signature: a circular mark of unknown origins he leaves on his victims' forearms. No witnesses, no other leads, and no help from the victims themselves. To further complicate her life, Inspector Delicado is trying to shake off two ex-husbands, Hugo, who persists in shamelessly belittling her, and Pepe, as helpless and hapless as a little boy in her absence.
From the winner of the Feminino Lumen Prize for best female writer in Spain, comes this gripping and entertaining new book in the Petra Delicado series.
- ISBN-13: 9781933372549
- ISBN-10: 1933372540
- Publisher: Europa Editions
- Publish Date: June 2008
- Page Count: 300
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 8.12 x 5.53 x 0.89 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
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Barcelona police inspector Petra Delicado is in the doldrums, both personally and professionally, at the outset of Giménez-Bartlett's excellent third mystery to be made available in the U.S. (after 2007's Prime Time Suspect). Due to a staffing shortage, Delicado and a new partner, Sgt. Fermín Garzón, wind up investigating a rape case in which the assailant left a flowerlike brand on the 17-year-old victim's arm. When the rapist strikes again, pressure on the pair mounts. After a third girl falls victim, the girl's influential father pulls strings to get the case reassigned, but Delicado refuses to surrender easily. Delicado's unsparing insights into her own contradictory personality lend human interest as does the by-play between her and the paunchy, middle-aged Garzón. The many plot twists will please readers who like a balance between in-depth characterization and detective work. (June)