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Pepe Carvalho is a phlegmatic investigator. His greatest concern is with his stomach, but when not pursuing delicacies, he can unravel the most tangled of mysteries. Sunday Times Montalban is a writer who is caustic about the powerful and tender towards the oppressed. TLS Montalban does for Barcelona what Chandler did for Los Angeles - he exposes the criminal power relationships beneath the facade of democracy. Guardian Montalban writes with authority and compassion - a Le Carre-like sorrow. Publishers Weekly Tattoo is a breathlessly complusive page-turner. -- Alex Donohue The Big Issue Wales Sex, death and food in Barcelona? It has to be a winner. -- N/A Spain magazine [W]ell worth reading. -- Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph [A] welcome first appearence in Englsih... Distinctive and abrasive, Tattoo is a good introduction to Montalban if you haven't tried him before. -- Andrew Taylor Spectator [B]etter than most crime writers' best. -- Marcel Berlins The Times This is a well-trailed, nicely plotted murder mystery - with plenty of misdirected leads. -- Gerald Kaufman The Scotsman Those who prefer getting inside characters' heads to figuring out whodunit will enjoy this mystery in Montalban's series featuring food-loving PI Pepe Carvalho PW
Manuel Vazquez Montalban was born in Barcelona in 1939. He was a journalist, novelist and creator of Pepe Carvalho, a fast-living, gourmet private detective. Montalban won both the Raymond Chandler Prize and the French Grand Prix of Detective Fiction for his thrillers, which are translated into all major languages. He died in October 2003.