As Barcelona prepares for the Games, the city is turned over to make way for new roads, a new stadium and the giant prawns of Mariscal. Private Investigator Pepe Carvalho - who remembers the good old days when a hammer always came with a sickle - now finds himself forced to work for Olympic entrepreneurs whose only game plan is to make a fast buck.
As Montalban's overweight hero cruises the backstreets of the Barcelona dream, finding dead bodies and broken socialist promises, he remembers an older, seedier Barcelona hidden behind the shiny new Olympic City. Like his beloved city, Carvalho is forced to confront the sins of the past.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 15 mm
Montalban has a sharp wit and a knowing eye. * Sunday Times *
He is the modern committed writer, entertaining his readers as he reveals what
lies beneath Barcelona's glittering carpet. * Guardian *
As ever, with Montalban, the joy isn't so much in the crime as in the getting there with the nihilistic, food-loving Carvalho proving a wonderful guide to Barcelona's seedier side. * The Observer *