Reseña: Los buenos suicidas de Toni Hill

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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.

2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet, H is for Hill, Tony (Antonio) Hill

Our tour through the Crime Fiction Alphabet has arrived this week to the letter “H” and my “H” is for Hill. Antonio Hill (Barcelona, ​​1966) is a Spanish translator and a writer who lives in Barcelona. The Summer of Dead Toys (original title: El verano de los juguetes muertos), his debut novel, was published in July 2011 and soon became a great success. For me it was a pleasant finding. You can see my review HERE. It is available in translation by Transworld Publishers, 2012. The Summer of Dead Toys has been reviewed by Lynn Harvey at Euro Crime, by Malcolm Cliff at Books4Spain, at Shotsmag, and it was Bernadette’s pick of the month at Reactions to Reading.

Book description: When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Inspector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager’s fall to his death in one of Barcelona’s uptown areas.
As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city’s most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.

His second book, Los buenos suicidas (Debolsillo, 2012) has just been released. I’m planning to read it soon, stay tuned, and hope that it will soon be available in English.  

Book description:  The evening of the fifth of January, on the Twelfth Night 2011, inspector Hector Salgado is haunted by the disappearance his ex-wife, Ruth. He can’t sleep and smokes one  cigarette after another. At dawn, still sleepless, he receives a call from the new agent under his command. The CEO’s executive secretary of a well known cosmetics company has committed suicide by throwing herself to the subway rails. It seems a minor case, but with the passage of time Salgado will discover that behind the possible suicide hides a complex and dangerous web of lies.
Meanwhile, police agent Leire Castro, trapped at home with an early medical leave, a month and a half before giving birth, thinks in the still open Ruth’s case. A mystery she can’t resist. And, although she should not initiate an investigation in her state, it’s in her nature insist and break down those walls that always hide something worse, no stop. (my translation).

The Crime Fiction Alphabet 2012 is a Community Meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. By Friday of each week participants try to write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. Click HERE to visit the contribution of other participants.

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.

Ver reseñas de El verano de los juguetes muertos en Culturalia, Calibre 38, Golem – memorias de lecturas, Me gustan los libros, Opiniones de clientes en Amazon.es,


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.

Forthcoming 24 May 2012

The Summer of Dead Toys, Doubleday, 2012 (original title: El verano de los juguetes muertos) is Antonio Hill debut novel, the first in the Inspector Salgado series. Inspector Salgado is known for his violent moments. He has a murky emotional past and a runaway wife. So he is moved off his current case to investigate the story behind a young boy’s fall to his death from a balcony in one of Barcelona’s uptown areas. Salgado digs deeper, poking at the the seedy underbelly of Spain’s most popular city, to unearth a case of human trafficking and voodoo. But Hector’s fierce, complex personality (with his passion for cinema) and a seemingly unresolvable case are set to implode under Barcelona’s hot sun… (Fantastic fiction). See also my previous post HERE.

Antonio Hill, Toni Hill in Spanish, was born in 1966, in Barcelona (Spain). He is a Bachelor of Psychology. He has worked for over ten years as a literary translator with Random House Mondadori, S.A. El verano de los juguetes muertos (The summer of the dead toys), his first novel, was released in July 2011. More than 25000 copies of the novel were sold in the first two months.

I’m planning to read it soon, stay tuned.

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