Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery (Pepe Carvalho Mysteries)

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9781846686672: Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery (Pepe Carvalho Mysteries)

"One of the finest examples of European 'noir' literature."—John Harvey

"Montalbán writes with authority and compassion—a Le Carré-like sorrow."—Publishers Weekly

Pepe Carvalho, ex-cop, ex-Marxist, and constant gourmet, is working as a private detective in Barcelona when a body is pulled out of the sea, its face so badly destroyed that the only way of indentifying it is through a tattoo that says "Born to raise hell in hell."

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was born in Barcelona in 1939. He won both the Raymond Chandler Prize and the French Grand Prix of Detective Fiction for his thrillers. He died in 2003.

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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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Pepe Carvalho is a phlegmatic investigator. His greatest concern is with his stomach, but when not pursuing delicacies, he can unravel the most tangled of mysteries. * Sunday Times * Montalban is a writer who is caustic about the powerful and tender towards the oppressed. * TLS * Montalban does for Barcelona what Chandler did for Los Angeles - he exposes the criminal power relationships beneath the facade of democracy. * Guardian * Montalban writes with authority and compassion - a Le Carre-like sorrow. * Publishers Weekly * Tattoo is a breathlessly complusive page-turner. -- Alex Donohue * The Big Issue Wales * Sex, death and food in Barcelona? It has to be a winner. -- N/A * Spain magazine * [W]ell worth reading. -- Susanna Yager * Sunday Telegraph * [A] welcome first appearence in Englsih... Distinctive and abrasive, Tattoo is a good introduction to Montalban if you haven't tried him before. -- Andrew Taylor * Spectator * [B]etter than most crime writers' best. -- Marcel Berlins * The Times * This is a well-trailed, nicely plotted murder mystery - with plenty of misdirected leads. -- Gerald Kaufman * The Scotsman * Those who prefer getting inside characters' heads to figuring out whodunit will enjoy this mystery in Montalban's series featuring food-loving PI Pepe Carvalho * PW *

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