La venganza del silencio de Alonso Cueto

Planeta Perú, 2010. 320 páginas. ISBN: 978-612-45165-9-7

This post is bilingual, scroll down for the English language version

La propaganda de la editorial dice:

“Un hombre de la aristocracia de Lima aparece muerto en el medio de la calle, con un disparo en el corazón. Mientras las conjeturas se van apilando a su alrededor, el narrador-sobrino de la víctima- decide investigar quién podría ser el asesino. Entonces emergen los secretos en la vida de su tío muerto: su romance clandestino, su pasado oculto, sus relaciones verdaderas con los parientes.

En esta búsqueda no solo aparecerá la verdad sobre el crimen sino, sobretodo los secretos lazos que han movido a los personajes de su familia. La venganza del silencio es una historia policial ambientada en los pulidos salones y corredores de una gran casona, por donde corren los vientos del pasado familiar. La geografía interior de esta casa, sus superficies relucientes, aparece como un determinante de la conducta de sus miembros.”

Sinceramente no me ha gustado nada este libro. He estado a punto de dejarlo varias veces. La historia es plana y aburrida. Algunas escenas se repiten a menudo. Me pregunto si La hora azulfue escrita por el mismo autor. No pierda su tiempo con este libro, no vale la pena leerlo ¿Cómo puede ser considerada una historia policial?

The Revenge of Silence by Alonso Cueto

The publisher’s blurb reads:

“A man from Lima’s aristocracy appears dead in the middle of the street, with a bullet through his heart. While the conjectures start piling up around him, the narrator -nephew of the victim- decides to investigate who the killer could be. Then the secrets of his uncle’s life emerge: his secret romance, his hidden past, his true relationship with his family.

In this search not only will truth regarding the crime come to light, but also the victim’s dealings with his relations. The Revenge of Silence is a detective story set in the refined halls and corridors of a large house, where the family’s past walks confined to its walls. The interior geography of this house appears to be a decisive factor in the conduct of its members”.

Honestly, I did not liked at all this book. I’ve been close to put it down several times. The story is flat and boring. Some scenes are often repeated. I wonder if La hora azul (The blue hour) was written by the same author. Don’t waste your time with this book, it is not worth reading it. How can it be considered a detective story?

Three Seconds wins the CWA International Dagger

The 2011 CWA International Dagger has been won by Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström with Three Seconds, published by Quercus and translated from the Swedish by Kari Dickson. The announcement was made at the CWA Awards Ceremony during the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.

The judges praised the book, saying: “The Swedish duo’s usual maverick cop takes a back seat to a riveting exploration of a deniable operation involving an undercover agent deep inside a criminal organisation. Their new character, doomed to betrayal by political manoeuvring, fights for his life with great intelligence and courage.”

You can find the rest of the information HERE.

You can read my review of Three Seconds HERE.

For me it has been already quite an event to see two of my favourites writers (in Spanish) in the shortlist, Ernesto Mallo and Domingo Villar. My congratulations to the winners.