The Summer of Dead Toys

The Summer of Dead Toys

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'Evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative, Carlos Ruiz Zafon' Independent

When the death of a young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo provokes the normally calm Inspector Salgado to beat someone up, he is swiftly removed from the project. Instead, he is sent 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 240g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552778265
  • 9780552778268
  • 376,586

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"A blast of hot air through the current frozen Nordic crime-writing landscape"
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Review quote

"A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir... excellent characterisation, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist and plenty of plot twists with a cliff hanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series" * Guardian * "Entertaining debut" -- Marcel Berlins * Times * "Evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative, Carlos Ruiz Zafon... For all his storytelling skills, Hill's real achievement is in the creation of an idiosyncratic new character, Salgado... a series to watch" -- Barry Forshaw * Independent * "A blast of hot air through the current frozen Nordic crime-writing landscape" -- Book of the Week * Weekend Sport * "Human trafficking, voodoo, the corruption of wealth and power, and sharp psychological insight. Don't miss" * Literary Review *
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About Antonio Hill

Antonio Hill studied pyschology and lives in Barcelona. He is a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish and speaks fluent English. The Summer of Dead Toys is the first in a detective series set in Barcelona, introducing Inspector Salgado and was a major best seller in Spain. It is translated into fifteen languages.The second in the series, The Good Suicides, comes out in Doubleday hb in summer 2013.
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1,575 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 17% (273)
4 43% (676)
3 31% (483)
2 8% (119)
1 2% (24)
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