The Summer of Dead Toys

The Summer of Dead Toys

A Thriller

Book - 2012
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Random House, Inc.
A riveting crime thriller set during a sultry Barcelona summer, introducing Inspector Hector Salgado

Inspector Hector Salgado is a transplanted Argentine living in Barcelona. While working on a human trafficking case, Salgado’s violent temper got the best of him and he beat a suspect within an inch of his life. Ordered on probation, he fled to Argentina to cool off for a few months.
Now he’s back in Barcelona and is eager for another big case. But his boss has other plans. He assigns Salgado to a routine accidental death: a college student fell from a balcony in one of Barcelona’s ritzier neighborhoods. As Salgado begins to piece together the life and world of the victim, he realizes that his death was not all that simple: his teenage friends are either overly paranoid or deceptively calm, and drugs might be involved. Hector begins to follow a trail that will lead him deep into the underbelly of Barcelona’s high society where he’ll come face-to-face with dangerous criminals, long-buried secrets, and, of course, his own past. But Hector thrives on pressure, and he lives for this kind of casedark, violent, and seemingly unsolvable.
Gripping, sophisticated, and wickedly entertaining, The Summer of Dead Toys introduces a charismatic new detective and announces Antonio Hill as a new master of the crime thriller.

Baker & Taylor
"When a young boy falls to his death from a balcony in a ritzy Barcelona neighborhood, brilliant investigator Hector Salgado pieces the victim's world together in the city's seedy underbelly, where he confronts shadowy characters and a human trafficking operation."

Baker
& Taylor

When a young boy falls to his death from a balcony in a ritzy Barcelona neighborhood, investigator Hector Salgado pieces the victim's world together in the city's seedy underbelly, where he confronts a human trafficking operation.

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780770435875
0770435874
Branch Call Number: M HILL GUMBAO
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 25 cm

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nickingram
Mar 01, 2014

Best part of the writing is the author’s use of Barcelona. He captures the still humid heat of summer, the romance of the old barrios, the sounds and smells of the city; the hanging on of the old, despite pressures of the new, etc. Fun to read and to feel the reconstruction of the city and one’s memories of the city, as the plots wind and twist and finally resolve themselves....... with a few things still hanging in the air.

I don't mean to give short shrift to the well written characters.

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