Reseña: El verano de los juguetes muertos de Tony Hill


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Versión Kindle. 569 KB. 368 páginas. Debolsillo 1ª Edición (1 de julio de 2011). ASIN: B0062XCKIY.

La historia transcurre en Barcelona durante un período de tiempo de cinco días. Estamos a finales del mes de junio y el inspector Héctor Salgado acaba de regresar de su Argentina natal. Se ha visto obligado a tomar un permiso forzoso después de atacar a un sospechoso en un caso de tráfico de seres humanos. El sospechoso iba a retirar los cargos contra él, pero ahora este sospechoso ha desaparecido y su caso continúa bajo investigación. Por esta razón, se le asigna, extraoficialmente, a una investigación sencilla, la muerte accidental de un adolescente. En esta investigación Salgado tiene que formar equipo con una agente novata, Leire Castro, mientras que su antigua compañera Martina Andreu continúa llevando la investigación de su ataque. Los dos casos se desarrollan en paralelo.

Ambas historias están muy bien elaboradas, y la novela resulta muy entretenida y fácil de leer. Tal vez tenga un número excesivo de personajes y subtramas, y el lector debe prestar atención para no confundirse, pero vale la pena el esfuerzo. He disfrutado mucho este libro, ya que capta muy bien el ambiente en que se desarrollan los acontecimientos, sus personajes principales son de carne y hueso y la trama tiene varios giros. Una sorpresa final sugiere que este es el primero de una serie y estoy esperando con interés la próxima entrega.

Toni Hill (Barcelona, 1966) es un traductor y escritor español que vive en Barcelona. El verano de los juguetes muertos, su primera novela, se publicó con gran éxito en Julio de 2011. Para mi ha sido un agradable descubrimiento.

Mi calificación: 4/5.

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The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

The story takes place in Barcelona within a five days time period. It’s end of June and Inspector Hector Salgado has just returned from his native Argentina. He has been forced to take a leave of absence after attacking a suspect in a human trafficking case. The suspect was going to withdraw the charges against him, but now the suspect has disappeared and his case remains under investigation. For this reason, he is unofficially assigned to a simple investigation, the accidental death of a teenager. In this investigation, Salgado must team with a rookie agent, Leire Castro, while his former partner Martina Andreu continues to lead the investigation of his attack. The two cases unfold in parallel.

Both stories are nicely developed, and the novel is very entertaining and easy to read. Perhaps it has an excessive number of characters and subplots and the reader must pay attention not to get confused, but it’s worth the effort. I enjoyed this book very much since it nicely captures the atmosphere in which the events unfold, it’s main characters are flesh and blood and the plot has several twists and turns. A final surprise suggests this is the first in a series and I’m looking forward to the next instalment. 

Antonio Hill (Barcelona, ​​1966) is a Spanish translator and a writer who lives in Barcelona. The Summer of Dead Toys, his first novel, was published in July 2011 and was a great success. For me it has been a pleasant finding.

My rating: 4/5.

The Summer of Dead Toys has been reviewed by Lynn Harvey at Euro Crime, at Shotsmag, and Amazon.co.uk Customers Reviews, among others.

12 thoughts on “Reseña: El verano de los juguetes muertos de Tony Hill

  1. José Ignacio – Thank you for the excellent review and for reminding me of this book. I must definitely move it up on my TBR list; it’s been there for while.

  2. I agree that it’s a very good book, particularly as it is a debut novel. I welcome this addition to the Spanish crime-writing scene, particularly because of its refreshing lack of sexism compared with, for example, Montalban.

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