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Tattoo (Paperback)
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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 21/08/2008
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Pepe Carvalho, ex-cop, ex-marxist and constant gourmet, is working as a private detective in Barcelona, when a body is pulled out of the sea, its face so badly destroyed that the only way of identifying it is through a tattoo that says: 'Born to raise hell in hell'. A local hairdresser hires Carvalho to find out who the man is. Meanwhile, the Barcelona police make a connection between the murder and local drug dealers and prostitutes, and they begin raiding bars and brothels. A lead on the identity of the murdered man brings Carvalho to Amsterdam, where he gets entangled with a drug gang. As the pace accelerates, Carvalho realises that this is no straightforward John Doe case.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846686672
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 167 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


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Pepe Carvalho is a phlegmatic investigator. His greatest concern is with his stomach, but when not pursuing delicacies, he can unravel the most tangled of mysteries. * Sunday Times *
Montalban is a writer who is caustic about the powerful and tender towards the oppressed. * TLS *
Montalban does for Barcelona what Chandler did for Los Angeles - he exposes the criminal power relationships beneath the facade of democracy. * Guardian *
Montalban writes with authority and compassion - a Le Carre-like sorrow. * Publishers Weekly *
Tattoo is a breathlessly complusive page-turner. -- Alex Donohue * The Big Issue Wales *
Sex, death and food in Barcelona? It has to be a winner. -- N/A * Spain magazine *
[W]ell worth reading. -- Susanna Yager * Sunday Telegraph *
[A] welcome first appearence in Englsih... Distinctive and abrasive, Tattoo is a good introduction to Montalban if you haven't tried him before. -- Andrew Taylor * Spectator *
[B]etter than most crime writers' best. -- Marcel Berlins * The Times *
This is a well-trailed, nicely plotted murder mystery - with plenty of misdirected leads. -- Gerald Kaufman * The Scotsman *
Those who prefer getting inside characters' heads to figuring out whodunit will enjoy this mystery in Montalban's series featuring food-loving PI Pepe Carvalho * PW *

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