Guardia Civil Lieutenant Tejada is torn between the claims of family and duty.
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Rebecca Pawel lives in New York City and is pursuing a PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her widely praised first novel, Death of a Nationalist, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, as well as a best book of the year in the Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly and Detroit Free Press.
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I found this book to be written in an interesting way. In reading it, the language useage was almost as if it had been translated from Spanish. This is part of a series, and the first of Miss Pawel's books that I've read. From what I've heard, the first ones were better. Unfortunately, I think that when characters, backgrounds are carried from book to book, the later ones lose something. The fire isn't there, and the scenarios become less vibrant. I don't think I would recommend it.
This is fourth in the series featuring Carlos Tejada of the Spanish Guardia Civil. Please start with Death of a Nationalist and read them in order. You will not be disappointed. Tejada is of a Spanish aristocratic family with large land holdings. He is not the first son and, thus, not destined to inherit the land. His choice of the Guardia Civil as a career is not one of which his family approves, but he is good at his job and is adept in investigating complicated situations. He is charged with investigating the death of his great-aunt. He returns home after a long absence to do the investigation, bringing with him the Communist sympathizing wife he has acquired. Not only must he investigate the suspicious death, in which his own father is a suspect, but also he has to keep his wife and supercilious mother at bay. This is a must read.