Pub Date 15 Jan 2019
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Present-day Spain, a time of economic crisis and resurgent populist nationalism. The radical right has just won the election after twelve years of Socialist rule. In the midst of this political upheaval, a series of murders is committed, taking place from Madrid to Barcelona to Valencia. The victims include a politician, a real-estate lawyer, doctor, a banker, and a nun. There is no obvious connection between them.
As the country prepares for a return to a certain moral order, radio crime reporter Diego Martin is trying to keep his head above water in anticipation of the expected media purge. When he decides to look into the first murder, he doesn't have the faintest clue that his investigation will lead far beyond his local beat and put his life at risk. For what he uncovers exposes the roots of a national scandal: the theft of babies from the victims of the Franco regime, crimesnever prosecutedthat were orchestrated by now well-connected citizens who will do anything to avoid exposure.
Finalist for the Grand Prix des Lectrices d’Elle and winner of the Prix Plaidoiries pour un polar at the Festival Clameur(s) of Dijon
"If Orwell had met Almodovar, he would have written something like this."—Le Point
"Marc Fernandez proves himself to be a fearless storyteller, smartly blending historical fact with a crime fiction plot."—Le Monde, M (the magazine)
"Succeeds diabolically."—Paris Match
"Breathless and chilling."—VSD
"The plot, at the intersection of contemporary politics and history, unfolds with a growing sense of pleasure and exoticism. The characters' color and verve is reminiscent of Almodovar."—Le Progrès
"Efficacious. Well put-together with just enough humor and bruised feelings: a good read."—Alsace
"Like a cross between a crime novel and reportage, the story of this dark and little known period during the Franco years cries out with truth."—Point de Vue