The Buenos Aires Quintet (A Pepe Carvalho Mystery)
Assignment: discovering considered one of Argentina's 30,000 "Disappeared" ... most probably consequence: changing into one yourself.
The Argentine army's "Dirty struggle" disappeared 30,000 humans, and the very last thing Pepe Carvalho desires is to enquire one of many vanished, no matter if that lacking individual is his cousin. yet blood proves thicker than a good Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon, even for a jaded connoisseur like Pepe, and so at his family's request he leaves Barcelona for Buenos Aires.
What follows could be Manuel Vázquez Montalbán's masterpiece: a mix white-knuckle research and relocating mental travelogue. Pepe speedy learns that "Buenos Aires is a gorgeous urban hell-bent on self-destruction," and unearths himself on a path regarding boxers and students, army torturers and seductive semioticians, Borges lovers and cold-blooded murderers.
And regardless of the wonders of the Tango and the country's divine delicacies, he additionally is familiar with something: he will need to confront the traumas of Argentina's prior head on if he wishes not just to discover his cousin, yet easily remain alive.