Off Side (Google eBook)

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Melville House, Jun 12, 2012 - Fiction
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Barcelona’s new soccer star is receiving death threats and Pepe Carvalho, gourmet gumshoe and former political prisoner under Franco, is hired to find out who’s behind it.
Pepe Carvalho is set to retire. Content to live out the rest of his days enjoying the best food and wine Catalonia has to offer, his plans are put on hold when an executive from Barcelona's world-famous soccer team pays him a visit. “The center forward will be killed at dusk,” reads the note the executive gives to Carvalho.
With that, the detective, former communist, and one-time employee of the CIA, must find out where this note is from. Is the threat real? Is it the work of one person? Or is it one of the real estate moguls tearing Barcelona apart in their battle over the most important properties of Catalonia?
Here Montalbán does for the game of soccer what he has done for food. In an exquisite portrait of Spain’s most beloved sport, soccer and politics mix in a gripping mystery about the reckless excesses—and limits—of power.

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Review: Off Side (Pepe Carvalho #14)

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The characters and setting are all pretty ok, but the plot flubs and the author is too interested in characters that didn't really play a big part in the story to wrap things up cleanly. Disappointing. Read full review

Review: Off Side (Pepe Carvalho #14)

User Review  - Liam - Goodreads

I liked this book but I feel as in some of Montalbán's other work the ending is a little disappointing Read full review



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About the author (2012)

Poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939–2003) was one of modern Spain’s greatest writers. A politically active leftist as a young man, he was jailed under Franco for four years for supporting a miners’ strike. As an adult, he also became a gourmand, and wrote often about food. His Pepe Carvalho series—set in Montalbán’s native Barcelona—has won international acclaim, including the Planeta prize (1979) and the International Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (1981).
Ed Emery has also translated Mohamed Choukri, Antonio Negri, and Dario Fo.

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