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)

User Review  - Dave Johnson - Goodreads

The era of Central Committees and powerful Communist parties (and powerful labour movements)seems so distant but Montalban managed to convey this vanished period while overlaying it with a tightly plotted thriller. I enjoyed it a lot. Read full review

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

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Quite a while ago I'd read a couple of this author's books and really enjoyed them. So I decided to get through the rest. The books tell the tale of Pepe Carvahlo, a food loving, loose living private ... 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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