Murder in the Central Committee

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Melville House, Feb 14, 2012 - Fiction
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At a meeting of the central committee of Spain's Communist Party, in a room both locked and guarded, general secretary Fernando Garrido is stabbed to death. But the Party refuses to believe it was an inside job.

They turn to former member Pepe Carvalho. But he’s soon out of his depth in unfamiliar Madrid, where he spends nearly as much time investigating the chorizo, lamb-kidneys, and tripe, and the uninspiring selection of wine on offer, as he does murder.

With time out for his signature book burning (Engels’s The Housing Question), cooking (shellfish risotto), and an ill-advised bajativo (cognac, crème de menthe) inspired romp with Gladys, Pepe Carvalho leads a wry and cynical tour through the labyrinth of post-Fascist Spanish politics amid violent jostling for power.


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Review: Murder in the Central Committee (Pepe Carvalho #5)

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I read this in Spanish and quite a lot of the story is told through colloquial conversational dialogue, and I struggled a little. The chairman of the Spanish communist party is murdered at a full ... Read full review

Review: Murder in the Central Committee (Pepe Carvalho #5)

User Review  - Mick Leach - Goodreads

I read this in Spanish and quite a lot of the story is told through colloquial conversational dialogue, and I struggled a little. The chairman of the Spanish communist party is murdered at a full ... Read full review

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Born in Barcelona in 1939, poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was one of Spain’s greatest writers. A well-known gourmand, he also wrote often about food. He is best known for his crime series featuring Pepe Carvalho, which won him international acclaim and numerous awards, including the Planeta Prize and the International Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He died in 2003 in Hong Kong, on his way home to Barcelona.

Patrick Camiller has translated Che Guevera’s African diaries and, from the Romanian, Norman Manea’s The Black Envelope.


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