The Summer Snow

The Summer Snow

by Rebecca Pawel
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The Summer Snow by Rebecca Pawel

Praise for the Carlos Tejada Alonso y León series:

“Rebecca Pawel [has] set the mystery world agog.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post Book World

“The best new mystery author to come around in a long time . . . an astonishing achievement in writing and psychological development . . . she knows how to make a reader care. Her books are intense, the writing impeccable. She propels the plot at a riveting pace. What a pleasure it is to find Ms. Pawel—a major new voice.”—Marietta Dunn, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Pawel] frames the difficult and moral questions of the era in the lives of her fascinating characters, bringing history alive.”—Rocky Mountain News

“What distinguishes her among other writers of the genre is her intelligent re-creation of the time period and her ability to get into the minds of the fascist characters.”—Alan Cheuse, The Dallas Morning News

“Wonderful. . . . Pawel resists easy solutions to historically difficult problems.”—Chicago Tribune

In the southern city of Granada, Spain, bastion of the conservative Catholic aristocracy, fear of the Red Menace is still strong in 1945. One rich, arrogant, elderly lady summons the police to her home almost once a week; she is sure Communists are plotting against her. She changes her will almost as often. When she is found dead, the long-suffering local police can’t believe that she really may have been murdered. But as her latest will has vanished, the death must be investigated.

Influence is exerted to have Lieutenant Carlos Tejada Alonso y León transferred temporarily from Potes, in the northern mountains where he has been stationed, to take charge because the rich old lady is his grand aunt Rosalia, and one of the chief suspects is his father. The family expects Tejada to exonerate its members, but Tejada is a man who puts duty first.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569477786
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: SoHo Crime Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 399,462
File size: 618 KB

About the Author

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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Summer Snow 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
willow1948 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago