Tattoo (Pepe Carvalho Mysteries)

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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 identifying it is through a tattoo that says: 'Born to raise hell in hell'.

A local hairdresser hires Carvalho to find out who the man is. Meanwhile, the Barcelona police make a connection between the murder and local drug dealers and prostitutes, and they begin raiding bars and brothels.

A lead on the identity of the murdered man brings Carvalho to Amsterdam, where he gets entangled with a drug gang. As the pace accelerates, Carvalho realises that this is no straightforward John Doe case.

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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 identifying it is through a tattoo that says: 'Born to raise hell in hell'. A local hairdresser hires Carvalho to find out who the man is.

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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)

Montalbán is a writer who is caustic about the powerful and tender towards the oppressed. (TLS)

Montalbán 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 Carré-like sorrow. (Publishers Weekly)

Tattoo is a breathlessly complusive page-turner. (Alex Donohue The Big Issue Wales 2008-08-26)

Sex, death and food in Barcelona? It has to be a winner. (N/A Spain magazine 2008-09-01)

[W]ell worth reading. (Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph 2008-08-31)

[A] welcome first appearence in Englsih... Distinctive and abrasive, Tattoo is a good introduction to Montalbán if you haven't tried him before. (Andrew Taylor Spectator 2008-10-11)

[B]etter than most crime writers' best. (Marcel Berlins The Times 2008-10-18)

This is a well-trailed, nicely plotted murder mystery - with plenty of misdirected leads. (Gerald Kaufman The Scotsman 2009-01-17)

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