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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Alberto Palacín anonymous letters Arab ball Barcelona barrio Basté de Linyola Biscuter boarding house body Bromide Bromide’s Camps O’Shea Carvalho Catalan Catalonia Centellas centre forward Charo club’s coffee Contreras couldn’t decided didn’t Dońa Concha door Dosrius dressing drugs everything eyes face fact fans feel felt football football club Franco girl give goal going hand happened he’s head hero I’ve Inspector killed at dusk Lifante liniment live look man’s manager Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Marçal Marta midfield Mortimer Mortimer’s Olympic paella Palacín Passani Pepe Pepe Carvalho play players police polysemic prostitute Raurell remember round Sánchez Zapico seńor shit smile sort Spanish stadium street stupid talking tell there’s they’re things thought Tibidabo told took tried trying turned Vallvidrera waiting walked wasn’t What’s who’s woman words young