'A new whodunit featuring Mallorquin cop Enrique Alvarez is as welcome as a week in the sun' Financial Times. When the body of retired Bolivian diplomat Guido Zavala is found floating in his swimming pool, Inspector Alvarez finds that the evidence might point to foul play and -- reluctantly -- begins to look for suspects. As he slowly uncovers Zavala's past, he learns there are those who have good cause to have disliked the man: Jerome Robertson, whose beautiful and much younger wife has been conducting a secret affair with him; Santiago Pons, a builder, whose heavy gambling losses have placed him at the other's financial mercy; Bailey, an honourable man, who suffered in the past because of him. During his investigations, Alvarez receives threatening phone calls which make it all too clear that his life is in danger. Panicking, he appeals to Superior Chief Salas for help, but this is denied in the name of proud logic. It is left to his irrepressible Cousin Dolores, certain no man is capable of managing to do anything successfully, to take matters into her own hands...A delightful and witty mystery featuring Roderic Jeffries's much loved Inspector Alvarez.
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Roderic Jeffries was born in England but has lived in Spain for many years. He and his wife live in Mallorca and have one son.From Publishers Weekly:
Murder will out, and does, in this latest addition (after 2000's An Enigmatic Disappearance) to the long-running and well-loved Inspector Alvarez series. Set as usual on Jeffries's home island of Mallorca, it features fair-play detection and (more importantly) keen observation of the human species. When the body of a retired Bolivian diplomat is found floating facedown in his swimming pool, Alvarez suspects the death was no accident. When he begins receiving calls threatening his life if he doesn't drop the case, he knows he's on the right trail. Then the unexpected occurs, proving family bonds are stronger than bureaucratic torpor. The simpatico Alvarez bases his conclusions not on fantastic deductions or painstaking forensic evidence but on patient and profound insight into the human soul. Like Maigret, he savors a case, displaying tolerant bemusement at human foibles. ("Why did modern youth enjoy hairstyles which made them look as if they were suffering from alopecia?") In addition, there are nice touches of local color throughout. ("The bay backed by mountains and marshland, the cerulean sea, and the curving beaches of sand, pebbles, or rock, were still beautiful despite the marina, flats, restaurants and stores selling kitschy goods and the holiday camp which looked as if it had been designed by a French bureaucrat.") In sum, the style is pleasing, the detection inspired and the novel, as a whole, sometimes tragic but never dispiriting.
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Book Description Harper Collins, London, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 2d Printing. nice, tight, unsold, unread 1st edition, 2d printing of this Inspector Alvarez mystery. Ships in a box, fast service from a real bricks and mortar independent bookstore open since 1998. No remainder marks. Bookseller Inventory # 000268