Shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger 2020
Luis Machi has had enemies for a long time: after all, he's built his success on dirty deals - not to mention his cooperation with the military junta's coup years ago, or his love life, a web of infidelities. What's new is the corpse in the boot of his car. A body with its face blown off, detained by a pair of furry pink handcuffs that Machi knows well . . .
Someone is trying to set him up, but the number of suspects is incalculable. Machi is stuck dredging his guilty past for clues and trying to dispose of the mystery corpse. But time is just another enemy and it's running out fast.
Like Flies from Afar is a wickedly dark and thrilling ride through the corruption and violence of Argentina, embodied by a single degenerate man and one very complicated day.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
'This novel should come with a hazardous-material warning . . . First words to last, it's strong stuff' - James Sallis, author of Drive
'Ferrari keeps the story tightly pinned onto one single day, as one crazily escalating problem opens up a whole world of sleaze, crime and corruption . . . Sharp, savage and tense' - Sunday Times Crime Club
'Both brutal and wickedly funny, a satire on Argentinian politics and money. The novel is taut, fast-paced and patently filmic; there are plenty of exuberant scenes and a clever poetic ending. This is a gritty read . . . a very entertaining pastiche of classic noir . . . deliciously dark and farcical. Like Flies from Afar is a mix of barbed humour, irony and the grotesque . . . This novel is Ferrari's reflection on the scars of recent history; dictatorship, financial crash and oligarchy' - Crime Time
'K. Ferrari, award-winning writer by day, metro cleaner by night. Working with his writing, bit by bit, he's putting on another uniform: that of a literary sensation' - El Pais
'Like Flies from Afar has an unprecedented power' - Carlos Salem
'A writer to keep an eye on' - Benito Garrido, Culturamas
'A rare example, translated into English, of a contemporary thriller from Argentina. And turbo-charged it certainly is . . . if you're into dark, sardonic humour in the vein of Jim Thompson at his most dyspeptic you're in for a wicked treat, with a menu full of sex, corruption, Hunter Thompson-like binges on illegal substances and alcohol, and more illegal episodes than an episode of The Wire' - Crime Time
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