Todo está perdonado (All is Forgiven) by Rafael Reig

The blurb reads: Laura Gamazo, the daughter of a successful businessman, is poisoned to death on her wedding day in Madrid. Her father, Perico Gamazo, turns to his old protégé, Antonio Menéndez Vigil, a retired intelligence agent, to help Detective Carlos Clot solve the murder case with utmost discretion. Laura was the last descendant of a powerful family line and the murder weapon, a poisoned host, is significant due to the business relationship between her father and the Catholic church, but not only. Vigil knows the story behind the Gamazo’s family fortune, and it is inevitable, therefore, for him to go into the emblematic saga of twentieth century Spain. The police investigation reveals interests and guilt, past sins and impossible purities, while it exposes a dystopian Madrid, flooded but sailable, during the 2008 World Cup. It is a city where new tribes and religions proliferate for whom everything is not forgiven. A complex novel that, with great humour, reinterprets the recent history of Spain from a perspective that is totally new to Spanish literature. (From Tusquets Editores)

In 2010 Rafael Reig won the sixth edition of the Tusquets Editores Novel Prize for Todo Esta Perdonado (Carlos Clot #3).

Rafael Reig is a Spanish writer born in Asturias in 1963. He studied Philosophy and Humanities in Madrid and then in New York, completing his PhD in literature on 19th century literary depictions of prostitution. Among his novels, Sangre a borbotones [Ed. Lengua de trapo, 2002] (Blood on the Saddle, Serpent’s Tail, 2006) was awarded the Critics’ Prize in Asturias and it was chosen by the Lara Foundation as one of the five best novels written in Spanish in 2002 and shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie International Dagger. Guapa de cara [Ed. Lengua de trapo, 2003] is also available in English. (A pretty face, Serpent’s Tail, 2007).

Blood on the Saddle has been reviewed by Karen at Euro Crime.

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