Book Two in the Petra Delicado series
Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett's lively style and rigorously exact descriptions of police procedure have won her numerous awards and made her Spain's best-loved mystery writer.
In this best-loved volume of the Petra Delicado series, hard-nosed Inspector Petra Delicado and her sentimental sidekick, Fermin Garzón, begin an investigation into big-money dog smuggling with only a few, strange elements: a mongrel dog named Freaky, the corpse of a man with a seemingly endless list of aliases, and a handful of tips from an anonymous woman caller. Their best leads come from the least likely sources: a ruggedly handsome vet; a blonde bombshell who trains guard dogs; an eccentric university professor; and a haughty dog groomer.
At times, these two world-wise detectives are at a loss, but Delicado and Garzón are not the sort of cops that rely on hunches. They methodically pursue their investigation, drawing the reader into a complex and sordid story. Dog Day is set in a Barcelona that few visitors to the city will ever see, a Barcelona that lurks beneath the surface of one of Europe's most dazzling cities. A broken heart, a new monstrosity, and another dead body accompany every step through this demimonde. Though passions and profits may turn men into beasts and animals into victims, Delicado and Garzón will stop at nothing to get to the root of these twisted and perplexing crimes.
About the Author
Alicia Giménez Bartlett was born in Almansa, Spain, in 1951 and has lived in Barcelona since 1975. Her Petra Delicado series quickly turned her into one of Spain's most popular and best-loved crime writers. In 1997, she was awarded the Femenino Lumen prize for the best female writer in Spain, and in 2006 she received the Baccante literary award.
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Things do not end well for the dog. Consider yourself warned. I had high hopes for Dog Day. A noirish detective story, set among the mean streets of Barcelona with a plot involving a ring of dog thieves. It sounded like a book I would enjoy, and I did enjoy it, but I doubt I'll be seeking out further Petra Delicado mysteries. The mystery itself was satisfying enough. While I did guess one major plot twist there was another that left me gasping. I enjoyed the detectives, too. Petra Delicado is a former lawyer turned police detective with an appropriately acerbic tongue to match her jaundiced eye. Twice divorced, she is no longer looking for love and is not very happy when it comes her way.Which brings me to my principle problem with Dog Day. I have very little interest in the private lives of detectives. My favorite detective novels sketch in enough details about their characters to explain why they react they way they do to the grizzly events they witness without becoming hybrid detective/romance novels. Dog Day has two romance subplots: Petra Delicado's and that of her partner Fermin. Fermin is a widower, much older than Petra, who never expected to find love but ends up involved with two of the women he meets in the course of investigating the novel's central murder mystery.It's just too much for me. I don't like depictions of detectives out on dates or hosting dinner parties. I prefer murder mysteries that concentrate on murder. Call me a purist. I can live with that.