Off Side

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Serpent's Tail, 1996 - Barcelona (Spain) - 275 pages
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'Because you use your centre forward to make yourselves feel like gods who can manage victories and defeats, from the comfortable throne of minor Caesars: the centre forward will be killed at dusk.' To revive its sagging fortunes, Barcelona FC has bought the services of Jack Mortimer, European Footballer of the Year. No sooner has Mortimer taken possession of his company Porsche than death threats start arriving. Are they a hoax, the work of a loner or are they connected to the awesome real estate speculation that is tearing Barcelona apart? In a period of turmoil where Catalan pimps and racketeers are being hustled off the streets by crime syndicates from the Middle East, Pepe Carvalho is thinking of retirement, but the need to save the soul of his beloved Barcelona forces him to take on a case that can only end in disaster.

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Review: Off Side (Pepe Carvalho #14)

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

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  - Serdar - Goodreads

It can't be defined just as a "crime fiction", you can read it as a sociology book to see how society of Barcelona had been changing, as an urban planning book/guide to understand the transformation ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was born in Barcelona in 1939. He was a journalist, novelist and creator of Pepe Carvalho, a fast-living, gourmet private detective. Montalbán won both the Raymond Chandler Prize and the French Grand Prix of Detective Fiction for his thrillers, which are translated into all major languages. He died in October 2003.

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