>My Last Acquisition

>Besides reading I very much enjoy to look around in any bookshop whenever I have some time. Today I was lucky enough to find a book at an attractive discount price that immediately caught my attention: Un dulce olor a muerte (A Sweet Scent of Death) by Guillermo Arriaga.

Book Details
Arriaga, G. Un dulce olor a muerte (1994). Barcelona. Belacqva. Grupo Editorial Norma. Primera edición: febrero 2007. 176 p. ISBN. 978-84-96694-03-3.

From the Publisher
The killing of a young girl in a small Mexican village ignites a powder-trail of gossip that erupts in further violence, in this suspenseful tale from the writer of the acclaimed movie Amores Perros. Early one morning in a deserted field, Ramon Castanos is confronted with the dead body of Adela, a lovely young girl whom he had only admired from afar. But his concern for her fate is so evident that within an hour of the bloody discovery, rumour of the death of Ramon Castanos’ girlfriend has spread to every corner of Loma Grande. The villagers, thirsty for revenge, cast about for a suspect or scapegoat, and hit upon the nomadic Jose Echeverri-Berriozabal, known as ‘The Gypsy’. Honor then demands that Ramon prove his manhood and avenge the unhappy Adela; Ramon realises that he must now live out his imaginary past as a brutal reality. Here as in Amores Perros, Guillermo Arriaga spins a tale of deception, passion, and violence, expertly interweaving story-lines and characters, and fusing tragedy with dark humor. The result is a compulsive work from one of the finest writers to emerge from Mexico in recent years.

Guillermo Arriaga is the author of The Night Buffalo and The Guillotine Squad. He has worked in television, radio, and is the award-winning screenwriter of Amores perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and Babel.

Read an Excerpt (In English)

World’s Favorite Detective – Round 2

Jen Forbus’ “World’s Favorite Detective” tournament has entered its second week and you still have an opportunity to participate, click here.

I feel sorry for some of my favorites, Pepe Carvalho, Adam Dalgliesh, Salvo Montalbano, Guido Brunetti, Erlendur Sveinsson, Harry Hole and Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg could not make it to the second round.
All Europeans. I’m afraid we don’t have enough European participants.