The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill
A Thriller (Inspector Salgado)

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Salgado walks the line between the passivity of a victim and a man in search of redemption. The result is an engaging mystery puzzle for us to solve. No matter what the triggers are, disentangling the web of motives and activities proves intellectually satisfying. The characterisation is rounded in credible social contexts. This is worth reading.
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A riveting crime thriller set in the midst of a sultry Barcelona summer, introducing Inspector Héctor Salgado

Argentine native Inspector Héctor Salgado is one of Barcelona's leading criminal detectives. After a stint on probation—he assaulted a suspect from a human-trafficking case—Salgado is back in the office and eager for something major.
      To his dismay, he's assigned to a routine accidental death instead: a college student fell from a balcony in one of Barcelona’s ritzier neighborhoods. But as Salgado pieces together details from the victim's the life, he realizes that his death was not all that simple: his teenage friends are clearly hiding something and drugs might be involved.  Salgado follows a trail that will lead him deep into the underbelly of Barcelona’s high society, where he’ll confront dangerous criminals, long-buried secrets, and, strangely, his own past. But Salgado thrives on pressure, and he lives for this kind of case—dark, violent, and seemingly unsolvable. 

 

About Antonio Hill

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Antonio Hill lives in Barcelona. He is a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish and speaks fluent English.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Broadway Books. 369 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jun 03 2014

In the end, Summer of the Dead Toys is a promising debut. The deeper a reader manages to get into the story, the better it gets.

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on Mar 03 2013

...it is thoroughly compelling, with strong female characters and Barcelona playing a major role.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Nov 20 2013

Salgado walks the line between the passivity of a victim and a man in search of redemption. The result is an engaging mystery puzzle for us to solve. No matter what the triggers are, disentangling the web of motives and activities proves intellectually satisfying. The characterisation is rounded in credible social contexts. This is worth reading.

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