Unrelenting hero of The Summer of Dead Toys, Inspector Hector Salgado returns in another riveting crime thriller
After a company retreat in a remote country house, senior employees of Alemany Cosmetics return with a dark secret. They’ve each received an anonymous, menacing email of only two words: "Never forget". What’s worse, the message is accompanied by a nightmarish photo attachment showing the bodies of dogs - hung to death from a tree - near the very same farm estate they just visited. When they begin killing themselves, one by one, the connection between the shocking photos and the suicides baffles Barcelona law enforcement and corporate think tanks alike, threatening a terrifying end for everyone involved.
Breaking through the insular power structures of these enigmatic executives isn't easy, but Inspector Salgado has his own ways of making those still alive speak up. As the clock is ticking before another suicide, Salgado is doing all he can to bring the terror to an end. Meanwhile, his partner Leire, bored on her maternity leave, remains fixated on Salgado’s missing wife, Ruth. She refuses to give up on a case many - including Salgado - fear is hopeless.
Antonio Hill deftly braids these two stories together for a richly layered and darkly chilling thriller about secrets, cover-ups, and devastating lies.
©2014 Antonio Hill (P)2014 Random House Audio
"A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir.... Excellent characterization, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, and plenty of plot twists, with a cliffhanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series." (The Guardian)
"Entertaining." (The Times)
"Hugely impressive.... Hill’s book seems to have arrived fully-formed with confidence and authority, peeling back the skeins of deceit and betrayal in a most satisfying fashion." (The Independent
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This is one of the most disappointing books I've read in a long time. There are no likable characters, the story takes way too long to get going, and I started to wish it would end long before it did. I hate when books get overhyped but don't turn out to be what people say at all. Wish I could get my money back, and the eleven-plus hours of my life I spent on this.
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