Reseña: Los buenos suicidas de Toni Hill


This post is bilingual, scroll down to find the English language version

Debolsillo, 2012. Versión Kindle. 594 KB. ASIN: B008CXDYAK.

Tras el éxito de El verano de los juguetes muertos (Debolsillo, 2011), Los buenos suicidas (Debolsillo, 2012) es la segunda novela de Toni Hill. Su final abierto sugiere que tendrá una continuación esta serie protagonizada por el inspector Héctor Salgado. La acción se desarrolla en Barcelona durante el mes de enero del 2011.

Seis meses después de los acontecimientos narrados en el libro anterior, Salgado, dada su participación directa, ha sido separado del caso de su ex esposa Ruth Valldaura. Su anterior ayudante, la oficial de policía Leire Castro, se encuentra de baja por maternidad. Con mucho tiempo libre Castro ha decidido seguir investigando por su cuenta la misteriosa desaparición de Ruth con el consentimiento de la subinspectora Martina Andreu, aunque el caso ha sido asignado oficialmente al inspector Didac Bellver con quien Salgado no se lleva bien.

Mientras tanto, Salgado tiene un nuevo ayudante, el agente novato Roger Fort, y un nuevo caso. En la Noche de Reyes, Sara Mahler, una secretaria ejecutiva en una empresa de cosméticos, ha caído a las vías del tren de una estación de metro. Parece un simple caso de suicidio, pero algo en su teléfono móvil plantea algunas dudas. Su agenda telefónica estaba vacía sin ningún tipo de llamadas a excepción de un solo mensaje de texto que dice: ‘No te olvides’ junto con una foto siniestra, un árbol con tres perros muertos colgados de sus ramas.

Conforme se va desarrollando la historia, el suicidio de Sara se va a ver relacionado con otro trágico suceso en el que también estuvo involucrado un empleado de la misma compañía. Cuatro mese atrás el director financiero en funciones Gaspar Ródenas se había suicidado después de matar a su mujer Susana y a la hija de ambos, Alba, de catorce meses. No existían denuncias por malos tratos. Hasta ese momento cuarenta y cuatro mujeres habían muerto en España ese año a manos de sus parejas.

La investigación posterior sacará a la luz que tanto Sara como Gaspar, junto con otros seis empleados del laboratorio de productos cosméticos, habían participado en un taller de “team building”, organizado por la empresa durante un fin de semana hace unos seis meses. El extraño comportamiento de los seis miembros restantes, lleva a Salgado a sospechar la existencia de un pacto de silencio. Para saber lo que había sucedido durante ese fin de semana y descubrir el misterio que se esconde detrás de estos dos trágicos acontecimientos, Salgado tendrá que encontrar la manera de romper ese pacto.

Los mismos elementos observados en mi reseña del primer libro de Toni Hill, están presentes en la segunda entrega de esta serie. La trama principal está muy bien desarrollada y el resultado final está bien resuelto. Este es un buen ejemplo que confirma que la novela negra es la novela realista de nuestro tiempo. Para aquellos que han disfrutado de su primer libro, como yo, sinceramente creo que este es un paso adelante en el camino correcto. El único elemento negativo ha sido que mi libro electrónico contiene errores que podrían haberse evitado fácilmente si el texto hubiera sido corregido y revisado antes de haber sido puesto a la venta.

Mi calificación: 4/5.

Entrevista a Toni Hill

Debolsillo


The Good Self-Murderers by Antonio Hill

Following the success of The Summer of Dead Toys, The Good Self-Murderers is Antonio Hill’s second novel. Its open end suggests that this series, featuring  Inspector Hector Salgado, will be continued. The action takes place in Barcelona during the month of January 2011.

Six months after the events narrated in the previous book, Salgado, given his direct involvement, has been separated from the case of his ex-wife Ruth Valldaura. His former assistant, police officer Leire Castro, is on maternity leave. With plenty of free time, Castro has decided to further investigate, by her own, the mysterious disappearance of Ruth with the consent of Deputy Inspector Martina Andreu although the case has been officially assigned to Inspector Didac Bellver with whom Salgado does not get along.

Meanwhile Salgado has a new assistant, the rookie agent Roger Fort, and a new case. In the Twelfth Night, Sara Mahler, an executive secretary in a cosmetic company, has fallen to the railway tracks of an underground station. It seems a simple case of suicide but something in her mobile phone raises some doubts. Her phone agenda was empty without any calls except for a single text message that reads: ‘Don’t forget’ along with a sinister photo, a tree with three dead dogs hanging from its branches.

As the story unfolds, Sara’s suicide is going to be related to another tragic event in which an employee in the same company was also involved. Four months ago acting CFO Gaspar Ródenas had committed suicide after killing his wife Susan and their fourteen months daughter, Alba. There were no formal complaints of mistreatment. Until then forty-four women had died in Spain that year at the hands of their partners.

Further investigation will bring to light that both Sara and Gaspar, along with six other employees of the laboratory of cosmetic products had participated in a ‘team-building’ workshop organised by the company during a week-end about six months ago. The strange behaviour of the remaining six members, leads Salgado to suspect the existence of a pact of silence. To find out what had happened during that weekend and discover the mystery behind these two tragic events, Salgado will have to find the way to break that pact.

The same elements noted in my review of Antonio Hill’s first book, are present in the second instalment of this series. The main plot is very well developed and the final outcome is nicely solved. This is a good example that confirms that crime fiction is the realistic novel of our times. For those who have enjoyed his first book, like me, I honestly think this is a step forward in the right track. The only negative factor has been that my ebook contains errors that could have easily been avoided if the text would have been corrected and revised before being released.

My rating: 4/5.

6 thoughts on “Reseña: Los buenos suicidas de Toni Hill

  1. José Ignacio – Thanks for the fine review as ever. The Barcelona setting appeals to me of course and so does the weaving in of two stories: Ruth’s disappearance and the Sara Mahler case. Interesting too that you would mention the little mistakes that you found in your e-version of the novel. I’ve had that happen too. Sometimes it isn’t too distracting; sometimes it is…

  2. Thanks for the news that Hill has another book out, Jose Ignacio. I loved Summer of Dead Toys so am looking forward to this one, when it is out in the UK. I will read your review properly after I’ve read the book. thanks again.

  3. I just reviewed The Summer of Dead Toys so I’m very interested in your review of the second book. I think I read/heard somewhere that he’s writing three books at least. The US publication date is about a year behind the UK one, unfortunately.

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