And honestly, if you run across it, I wouldn't say don't read it. It's a good enough sick bed book. I only thought this book was okay. And have a protagonist who was selfish and existentialish. But instead it was a pretty straightforward kind of mystery that takes place immediately following the Spanish Civil War. Or maybe during it technically, I do not know. And I don't know much about the Spanish Civil War, so that part was neat.
But aside from that, none of the characters felt real to So. But aside from that, none of the characters felt real to me, they all felt like. I dunno. Sorry, David. Oct 05, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , mysteries , fiction , reads , books-set-in-spain. The first of the all-too-short series featuring Guardia Civil Lt.
As Carlos tries to reconcile his Fascist politics with his basic integrity, and Elena struggles against her attraction to a man who stands for everything she despises, we see how their relationship develops. Of course, there's a mystery to solve as well and it's a good one. Sep 11, Jemera Rone rated it it was amazing. This was the first of this series I read and it made me want to read the rest, which I did.
It stars very a unlikely detective-the hero, a Falangist detective in the National Guard in post-Civil War Spain s and his adroit and smart wife, who -- most unlikely indeed - is a former and defeated Republican school teacher from Madrid. Great plot although the romantic match is not exactly believable, and the setting is believable. Jul 11, John rated it really liked it Shelves: award-winner.
This is a wonderful "street level" view of life in Madrid, Spain immediately after the Spanish Civil War. Couched as a murder mystery, the author poignantly describes for the reader how difficult and fragile life was during this difficult time in Spain's history. A worthy read with a surprising end! An Edgar Award Winner. Sep 09, Jim rated it liked it. Average writing, but an intriguing post-Spanish Civil War setting.
Jul 16, Novels And Nonfiction rated it really liked it.
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What I Liked The history. I have read my fare share of fiction and nonfiction set during or around World War II, but all of it thus far has been focused on Germany, France, England, the U. It was so interesting to learn more about the nature of the Spanish Civil War conflict by getting to know characters who were regular citizens and essentially pawns within this larger historical shift. The flawed primary character. The main character in this crime mystery is a member of the Guardia Civil, which still exists in Spain and is the oldest law enforcement agency in the country.
Often, in detective novels like these, the investigator at the center of the novel is depicted as having rigid morals and superhuman sleuthing skills, which in my opinion caricatures and dehumanizes them. Tejada, on the other hand, is not only starting off his relationship with the reader on the moral low ground being a Francoist , but also makes one mistake after the other in his investigation. I loved that he was a fully developed and humanly flawed person who the reader can see morph during the narrative, with the promise that his character progression may continue in the next 3 installments of the series.
The writing. Another drawback that often makes me avoid classic detective novels like this one is that often the quality of the writing takes a back seat to the action or suspense of the plot. It was actually the reverse in this novel. The plot, to be honest, is far from elaborate, and for the most part the reader will not be hugely surprised by plot twists.
The writing, on the other hand, is at the level of really good literary fiction. The fact that the writing was excellent, that there was plenty of character development in the novel, and that I was experiencing a part of history through a fictional lens that I never had before, made me more than satisfied with the somewhat simplistic plot. As I mentioned above, Pawel has her readers experience the history in which this novel is set through the eyes and actions of her characters. Because all her characters are regular people, caught within this historical maelstrom, Pawel barely touches on the broader ideologies and historical events that surround the narrative.
Jan 06, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: novels , historical-fiction , crime , setting-europe. Set in Madrid of , just after the end of the Spanish Civil War, this intriguing crime book hinges on the politics of the place and time. Spain's cities are scarred by bullet and shell holes, food is exceedingly scarce, and reprisals and disappearances are the order of the day. To the greatly feared Guardia Civil falls the task of maintaining law and order, Set in Madrid of , just after the end of the Spanish Civil War, this intriguing crime book hinges on the politics of the place and time.
To the greatly feared Guardia Civil falls the task of maintaining law and order, so when one of their own is shot in the street, a ruthless investigation led by the slain officer's former partner moves swiftly to identify the communist responsible for the assassination.
The investigator is Sgt. Tejada, a respected grizzled veteran who increasingly questions the official party line as he gets accustomed to life after the Civil War. A compelling character, he soon finds himself tangled in a complicated case involving the black market which may or may not be linked to his friend's murder.
Meanwhile, a wounded republican must evade capture by the Guardia and mete out his own revenge. The two men's stories both revolve around vengeance, redemption, and hope-seen from opposite ends of the spectrum. Pawel manages to do this without creating a hero and villain dynamic-both are sympathetic, and both are flawed. Ultimately, the book is rather grim and unsparing, and thus true to the nature of civil war. It's a very good debut, although readers without some previous knowledge of the Spanish Civil War may not get as much from it.
Jul 12, Melanie Wissel rated it liked it. He soon realizes his mistake and then pursues truth which takes him in multiple, unexpected directions. This book vividly shows the hardships left behind after the civil war and the conflicting ideologies as the two sides must interact to solve this murder. Though the unveiling story was interesting and I wanted to know how the story unfolded, my ignorance of Spanish history and politics kept me from totally investing in this intrigue. If you are a true history buff and love politics, I think you would enjoy this book.
Oct 14, Nancy rated it it was amazing. What a very interesting book! I know very little about the Spanish Civil War, which made the story line a bit hard to follow, but this book is well worth the extra effort. The characters are all wonderfully flawed: doctrinaire Sgt. Tejada, obsequious Cpl. Jimenez, bureaucratic Lt. Ramos, despairing Carmen and selfishly single-minded Gonzalo.
Elena and Aleja are the only two characters I liked, but I found all of them fascinating. The plot and the setting are wonderful, but the characters are the What a very interesting book! The plot and the setting are wonderful, but the characters are the book's strongest point. Jan 14, Charley rated it did not like it. This book tries to spout "understanding both sides" garbage, but one of the main characters is an avowed fascist who thinks nothing of murdering others or watching murders.
Somehow he is supposed to end up as the representation of justice after ruining a bunch of people's lives. The "mystery" plot of the story isn't really a mystery or surprising, and Tejada is a self-admittedly terrible detective. The characters are described as cunning and tough, but they then make absurdly bad choices or "acc This book tries to spout "understanding both sides" garbage, but one of the main characters is an avowed fascist who thinks nothing of murdering others or watching murders.
The characters are described as cunning and tough, but they then make absurdly bad choices or "accidentally" give themselves away. No character consistency, weak ethical framework, and uninteresting plot. Mar 02, Woody Chandler rated it really liked it. It was an interesting p. Unique in my reading history. Tejada is both conflicted and flawed, making him more sympathetic than he might have otherwise come across.
His initial error puts the plot in motion and it takes him nearly half of the book to realize his mistake and begin to move in the right direction. Jan 27, Peter rated it really liked it. After one year in his position, crime decreased in every category. Source: Harvard Business Review. What he calls the "great American crime decline" had a huge effect, as well.
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