Set during a sultry Barcelona summer, this riveting crime thriller introduces Inspector Hector Salgado, a transplanted Argentine. His temper sometimes gets the better of him (he had been on probation since nearly beating a suspect to death), so now that he is back on duty his chief assigns him to a routine accidental death: a college student has fallen from a balcony in one of the city's ritzier neighborhoods. But Salgado soon realizes that the death was not all that simple, and he begins to follow a trail that will lead him deep into the underbelly of Barcelona's high society.
"A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir.... Excellent characterization, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, and plenty of plot twists, with a cliffhanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series."—Guardian (London)