Inspector Petra Delicado has been chained to a tiresome desk job in the documentation department of the Barcelona police force for months. Read more...
Inspector Petra 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 thereas a serial rapist on the loose. Delicado is partnered with the polite and impossibly compliant Sgt. FermA-n GarzA3n with orders to solve the case before it succeeds in completely ruining the good name of the Barcelona police force. Tough, sexy, at times apparently pitiless, Petra Delicado is a new kind of cop in Spanish crime writing. As she does battle with sexist colleagues, ruthless reporters, indifferent witnesses, hardened criminals, ex-husbands, and houseplants that just wonat flower, she sometimes thinks her thirst for new challenges and perpetual change is more trouble than its worth.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 116.
- Review Date: 2008-04-28
- Reviewer: Staff
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)