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CriticasMartínez, a young mathematician and writer, entered the Argentine literary scene at age 19, when his first book of short stories, La jungla sin bestias (The Jungle Without Beasts, 1982), won the Premio Nacional Roberto Arlt. With this compelling thriller, he won Planeta Argentina's 2003 Premio de Novela, the local version of the lucrative Planeta prize. The mystery begins when an Argentine mathematician studying at Oxford University—where Martínez earned his doctorate degree—finds his landlady dead. More crimes follow in what seems to be a plot designed to defy the theory of logic developed by Arthur Seldom, Oxford's premier mathematician and the protagonist's mentor. With precise prose, perfect noir timing, and a very British humor and tone that is never pretentious, Martínez emulates the structure of the genre's classics: A famous detective befriends a series of female beauties while the novel raises questions of logic and philosophy. Easy to follow but not to solve, the novel is written in clear, exquisite, and universal Spanish (there are only a few simple terms in English, such as "college"). Readers will join the characters' search for the killer, a puzzle whose clues are so obvious that no one sees them. Martínez has positioned himself as one of Jorge Luis Borges's and Adolfo Bioy Casares's finest heirs. Strongly recommended for bookstores, public and academic libraries, and book clubs.
Patricia Arancibia, Brooklyn, NY
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