Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

The Summer of Dead Toys
by Antonio Hill

Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Under a hot Barcelona sun, 
a killer is feeling the heat.

When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city's most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.

This is a hot and sultry and fascinating and passionate novel set in an exotic locale. Antonio Hill had me at hello.

There is something about a mystery novel being set in a foreign country that adds so much to my experience. The setting becomes as much a character as any others in the book.

And these characters are deep, fully faceted and intense. Inspector Salgado immediately grabs your interest as he works this case. Expect to see more of this less than perfect hero in the future. This is going to be a great series.

Photo credit: Jaime Recoder
Antonio Hill

ANTONIO HILL lives in Barcelona. He is a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish and speaks fluent English.