";One of the finest examples of European noir’ literature."; John Harvey ";Pepe Carvalho is a true original."; The Times (London) As private investigator Pepe Carvalho cruises the backstreets of Barcelona, finding dead bodies and broken socialist promises, he remembers an older, seedier town hidden behind the shiny new Olympic City. Like his beloved city, Carvalho is forced to confront the sins of the past. Manuel Vázquez Montálban was born in Barcelona in 1939. He won both the Raymond Chandler Prize and the French Grand Prix of Detective Fiction for his thrillers. He died in 2003.