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A skillfully plotted tale of misdeeds and murder--introducing Inspector Hector Salgado, a detective with a complicated past, a love of cinema . . . and a tendency to violence.       Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.      When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Sal      A skillfully plotted tale of misdeeds and murder--introducing Inspector Hector Salgado, a detective with a complicated past, a love of cinema . . . and a tendency to violence.       Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.      When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city's most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.


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A skillfully plotted tale of misdeeds and murder--introducing Inspector Hector Salgado, a detective with a complicated past, a love of cinema . . . and a tendency to violence.       Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.      When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Sal      A skillfully plotted tale of misdeeds and murder--introducing Inspector Hector Salgado, a detective with a complicated past, a love of cinema . . . and a tendency to violence.       Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.      When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city's most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.

30 review for The Summer of Dead Toys

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5★ It's a hot, steamy summer in Barcelona and when Inspector Hector Salgado returns to his job after enforced leave, the Super wants to ease him back into work by assigning him an unofficial investigation. Salgado is to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of a young man, to put his estranged mother's mind to rest. Furthermore, it is the first time he is to work with hotshot new Agent, Leire Castro, who has joined his team while he was away. Meanwhile, complications arise from th 3.5★ It's a hot, steamy summer in Barcelona and when Inspector Hector Salgado returns to his job after enforced leave, the Super wants to ease him back into work by assigning him an unofficial investigation. Salgado is to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of a young man, to put his estranged mother's mind to rest. Furthermore, it is the first time he is to work with hotshot new Agent, Leire Castro, who has joined his team while he was away. Meanwhile, complications arise from the case that had originally led to Salgado's recent absence. This thriller has it all - a great location, complex and likeable characters and a tight, well-paced plot with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. I've just rated it down a little because some of the resolution seemed to occur behind the scenes and I prefer to have a frontrow seat. I think #2 is also available in English, and I look forward to seeing what Inspector Salgado gets up to next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rusalka

    This book deserves a more thought out review than I am going to give it, but I am trying to clear my desk before going away. This is a great police procedural set in Spain. There is the token grumpy Inspector with a dark past and personal issues, but he is more likeable than most. The plucky female junior partner was also given more depth than usual. The crimes were nicely but not overly convoluted. And I didn't see the whodunnit coming. The setting of a lovely, steamy, sum This book deserves a more thought out review than I am going to give it, but I am trying to clear my desk before going away. This is a great police procedural set in Spain. There is the token grumpy Inspector with a dark past and personal issues, but he is more likeable than most. The plucky female junior partner was also given more depth than usual. The crimes were nicely but not overly convoluted. And I didn't see the whodunnit coming. The setting of a lovely, steamy, summer Barcelona was great. With cocktails in a summer evening, or running along the beachfront very much drawing you into the place. Spain seems like a perfect place for a police procedural series to be set too, with the mix of continents coming together. I was pleasantly surprised, particularly with the end, and I will be hunting down the second.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Excellent characterizations and plenty of plot twists wrapped in a dark timbre makes for a satisfying and entertaining read. This book introduces us to Inspector Hector Salgado, a Barcelona police homicide detective, who has just returned from visiting his native Argentina, as he is on “forced” leave due to beating up a sex trafficker ring leader who denied culpability in the death of a young Nigerian girl. Because of his violent actions, Hector is taken of This was a 3.5 read for me. Excellent characterizations and plenty of plot twists wrapped in a dark timbre makes for a satisfying and entertaining read. This book introduces us to Inspector Hector Salgado, a Barcelona police homicide detective, who has just returned from visiting his native Argentina, as he is on “forced” leave due to beating up a sex trafficker ring leader who denied culpability in the death of a young Nigerian girl. Because of his violent actions, Hector is taken off this case while his former partner Sgt. Martina Andreu continues the investigation and stealthy keeps him updated. Now assigned to an open-and-shut case of a wealthy young man who fell to death from his balcony, Hector and his new partner Leire Castro are told to quickly wrap it up without a lot of fanfare. As Hector, Martina and Leire begin to peel back the façade of the public faces of those connected to the two cases, there is a private world of deceit, betrayals and secrets held close to the chest and makes for intriguing plot twists. What I enjoyed most is while this very able police team gets to the truth of the crimes, is we are also learning more about their compelling back stories and their own personal dilemmas and demons. The cases are satisfactorily wrapped up and the author has adequately tantalized me to be invested in knowing how the personal issues will be resolved. And I must say that the last chapter is a pure teaser setting me up for the next book in the series. The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill is a gripping murder with compelling characters set in sultry Barcelona. Recommend to mystery readers looking for a noirish style series. This book was provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest view.

  4. 5 out of 5

    L.A. Starks

    This well-written, engaging mystery is set in Barcelona. It features Inspector Salgado, an Argentine, struggling to solve a death that at first appears to be a suicide. Other characters, and mysteries, are set in motion, and a "meta-mystery" is not solved in this book. The second in the series, The Good Suicides, is also excellent; I look forward to the third.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    There is a lot to like about this exciting new thriller by Mr. Hill. You meet some interesting new characters. You get a feeling of what it must feel like to live in Barcelona. You are kept in the dark about what is really happening until near the end, and then everything begins to unfold and slowly become clear. The book has some parts that will make you squirm. You may wonder whether Inspector Salgado is really too messed up to continue as a policeman. The action switches locations and charact There is a lot to like about this exciting new thriller by Mr. Hill. You meet some interesting new characters. You get a feeling of what it must feel like to live in Barcelona. You are kept in the dark about what is really happening until near the end, and then everything begins to unfold and slowly become clear. The book has some parts that will make you squirm. You may wonder whether Inspector Salgado is really too messed up to continue as a policeman. The action switches locations and characters abruptly, so that at times you aren't sure who is doing the action or thinking the thoughts. Sometimes you are forced to reread a section just so that you are sure of what is happening. These aren't complaints, this is just the style that Mr. Hill has decided to use to give the novel its dark, gritty feeling. You get a feeling that these rather disturbing characters will be back searching though the seamier side of Barcelona looking for more answers to uncomfortable questions, investigating the crimes that want to stay buried, not stopping until the truth is uncovered. This looks like it will be the start of an interesting series. I give this book 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. I will be looking forward to reading book 2 in this series. I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Summer of Dead Toys is a Random House publication released in June 2013. We are introduced to Inspector Hector Salgado during a very difficult period. He is on leave while he seeks therapy and things cool down a bit from Hector's breakdown. He nearly beat a man to death after discovering the atrocities the man had committed. Somehow, Hector was hanging on to his job. Hector is also dealing with his ex-wife that left him for another woman and the distance between himself and his so The Summer of Dead Toys is a Random House publication released in June 2013. We are introduced to Inspector Hector Salgado during a very difficult period. He is on leave while he seeks therapy and things cool down a bit from Hector's breakdown. He nearly beat a man to death after discovering the atrocities the man had committed. Somehow, Hector was hanging on to his job. Hector is also dealing with his ex-wife that left him for another woman and the distance between himself and his son. When a young man, Marc, takes a tumble from a window, initially it's thought to be a suicide or a tragic accident. But, the boy's mother is having serious doubts and so Hector is unofficially looking into the situation. Upon closer inspection, Hector finds that things concerning Marc on the night in question do not add up. Marc's two closest friends spent time with him that evening. Both of them appear to be withholding information. Hector is partnered with a young girl that he becomes fond of. She is also going through some life changes and the two are able to commiserate. Hector has a few really good friends that are helping him stay on track and from being accused of things he didn't do. The sad story that unfolds regarding Marc's family life, and the odd pair of friends and their troubled lives is shocking. Marc's mother was not around when he was growing up and his father remarried. The second wife was unable to conceive and they adopted a little girl. This caused Marc to further distance himself from people. But, there is something that happened to Marc while on a trip to Dublin. Something that caused him to wish to reconnect with his mother, something that his friends say made him return home a different person. After examining Marc's blog it is discovered that he met a girl in Dublin and the name Iris continues to come up. The problem though is that Iris is dead. She died at the age of twelve in a bizarre drowning accident. Did Marc suddenly remember something about that long ago summer? What did his two friends know about it and did one of them shove Marc out the window? Also, sort of in the background the case that has Hector is hot water, is still ongoing. Hector and his ex-wife and son are being threatened. But, when things seem to be finally getting back to normal, the unimaginable happens. Set is Barcelona, Spain during the sweltering summer, this novel is a great start to what could become a good, long running crime series. I never guessed who the killer was. I also never thought about the other issues Hector was having until the very end, when we thought everything was going to all be alright. Then it wasn't. So, we are left with a little bit of a cliffhanger. This is a situation though that could take several more novels to finally resolve itself. We will just have to wait to see. Hector is hard to read. I didn't know really how he felt about some people. He has had a childhood that he worked to overcome, but came back to bite him at the worst possible moment, and we get the feeling he still wishes things could work out with his ex-wife. But, at times Hector shows a fondness for his friends but, it's pretty low key. He does make a good listener, though. He is a quiet, thinking man most of the time. A very interesting new character. I'm hoping the next installment comes out soon. I'm excited about this series. Highly recommended for all mystery lovers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason P

    The Summer of Dead Toys I don't know who this Toni Hill guy is, but hot damn does he know how to tell a good thriller! When I chose to read this book I picked it up on whim; never know about the whim picks, they can go either way. I picked one up once that claimed to be what it wasn't, and it went directly back to the book store, take THAT unnamed author who I won't mention. Anyway, the story we find here is about a police officer by the name of Hector Salgado (which means salty The Summer of Dead Toys I don't know who this Toni Hill guy is, but hot damn does he know how to tell a good thriller! When I chose to read this book I picked it up on whim; never know about the whim picks, they can go either way. I picked one up once that claimed to be what it wasn't, and it went directly back to the book store, take THAT unnamed author who I won't mention. Anyway, the story we find here is about a police officer by the name of Hector Salgado (which means salty for those of you who don't watch TeleLatino; no problem, I got you back)and his misadventures on and off duty which intertwines with the other countless plots going on in this book. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining I enjoy following more than a few characters. Throughout the book you are introduced to other important figures that really beef up the story telling; a group of friends walking on egg shells because of a major secret that can and will change lives forever, a figure head of a community that finds honesty to be to misplaced and of course the tell-tale story of a police officer during difficult times taking on a case that nobody can seem to solve. I have never read any other books of Antonio Hill's but after reading The Summer of Dead Dolls I would definitely look into acquiring more of his books for futures reads, re-reads even. I gave this book five stars cause damn it, it deserved five stars! Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is an excellent start to a crime series set in a stifling Barcelona summer. Inspector Salgado has been sent away after a violent attack on a human trafficker. Returning to Spain, he is still under investigation. At a lose end he is asked to look into the death of a nineteen year old boy, son of a prominent businessman, from a balcony window. Investigating with him is Leine Castro, who has problems of her own. As Salgado finds his previous case has certainly not gone away, he delves into the This is an excellent start to a crime series set in a stifling Barcelona summer. Inspector Salgado has been sent away after a violent attack on a human trafficker. Returning to Spain, he is still under investigation. At a lose end he is asked to look into the death of a nineteen year old boy, son of a prominent businessman, from a balcony window. Investigating with him is Leine Castro, who has problems of her own. As Salgado finds his previous case has certainly not gone away, he delves into the young man's past to try to discover what happened. This debut looks at very hard hitting subjects: drugs, peer pressure, violence, child abuse and the death of a young girl many years before. A really haunting read, atmospheric and with excellent characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Blurb in English - When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Inspector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city's most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marie (UK)

    I thought this had the makings of an excellent book but just fell along the wayside with the main narrative getting lost in amongst everything else. I kept wondering what it had to do with the dead toys of the title. It was wrapped up well and i didn't work out the culprit both good. I also liked the characterisation

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lancaster

    The Summer of Dead Toys, Antonio Hill Broadway Books 978-0-7704-3589-9 $15, 362 pgs “No one has ever been killed out of love; that’s a fallacy from tango.” - Héctor Salgado This story grabs you on page one and refuses to relinquish its grip. From the first page: “It’s been a long time since I thought of Iris or the summer she died. I suppose I tried to forget it all, in the same way I overcame nightmares and childhood fears. … I’m six years old, I’m at camp a The Summer of Dead Toys, Antonio Hill Broadway Books 978-0-7704-3589-9 $15, 362 pgs “No one has ever been killed out of love; that’s a fallacy from tango.” - Héctor Salgado This story grabs you on page one and refuses to relinquish its grip. From the first page: “It’s been a long time since I thought of Iris or the summer she died. I suppose I tried to forget it all, in the same way I overcame nightmares and childhood fears. … I’m six years old, I’m at camp and I can’t sleep because I’m scared. No, I lie. That very early morning I behaved like a brave boy. I disobeyed my uncle’s rules and faced the darkness just to see Iris. But I found her drowned, floating in the pool, surrounded by a cortège of dead dolls.” Yeah, try to shake that image. Good luck to you. Today I am genuinely excited to introduce y’all to a major new talent in the American literary market. The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill, translated from the Spanish by LauraMcGloughlin, is the American debut of a bestselling thriller from Spain. Inspector Héctor Salgado, Argentine by birth, is a veteran of the Mossos, Barcelona’s police force. An intelligent man with a dry wit, he carries a sense of melancholy and bewilderment – his wife Ruth has left him for another woman and taken their son Guillermo with her, though they have maintained goodwill, even love, for each other. Salgado has been on leave from the force due to a rare violent incident in which a brutality complaint was lodged against him by a suspect in a Nigerian sex-trafficking ring. Hey – who can blame him? You handle the case of a particularly nasty suicide by one of the underage victims and then you can argue with the inspector. Salgado’s first case when he returns appears at first cursory glance to be a simple matter of an accidental death: 19-year-old Marc Castells’ body was found on the paving stones below his attic window, where he’d been known to enjoy a last cigarette before bed, following a night of partying on the eve of San Juan. From the beginning something about this case tweaks Salgado’s radar and that was before everyone in Marc Castells’ orbit begins receiving mysterious emails from someone who signs his- or herself “alwaysiris.” In order to get to the truth of what happened to Marc Castells, Salgado will have to travel back in time to solve Iris’s death and sort fact from fiction, supposition, and prejudice involving issues of economic privilege, right-wing politics, the Catholic church, and a cult of personality inspired by a particularly charismatic classmate of the victim. One of the many delights of The Summer of Dead Toys is the depth of its characters. Inspector Salgado is our main protagonist but the supporting characters are so well-developed that this is really an ensemble cast. Leire Castro, Salgado’s new partner, is particularly intriguing – young and new to the force, she is a thoroughly contemporary woman working in a hidebound, traditionally male career. In less-skillful hands Agent Castro might be a trope but Antonio Hill has breathed real life into her. Hill’s plotting is intricate but never convoluted, his pacing relentless, the clues expertly and precisely placed. And you know how the inevitable subplot is so often a trifle, a mere distraction, but somehow assumed to be necessary? Not so here. The subplot here is necessary. Go immediately to your local indie bookshop and start reading The Summer of Dead Toys today. Why? Because the sequel, The Good Suicides, was released in June AND I’ve got it right here in my hot little hands. I know! I was delighted, when I liked this one so much, to know that I didn’t have to wait to dive back into Salgado’s Barcelona and hang out with Agent Castro again. By the time you finish the first installment, I’ll have the review for the sequel ready for you. Look for the review of The Good Suicides in a few days right here!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I won an ARC of this book via RIF. II enjoyed this new detective. Salgado has a lot of the classic appeal of the loner detective; divorced, with ice, fire, sadness, and passion. He's investigating a death of a well off young man, but on the same time there are shadows of a crime from a long time ago, and of a witch doctor posing threats and making the life more complicated for Salgado. And some crimes will be (maybe) solved in the next story. Interesting characters, from th I won an ARC of this book via RIF. II enjoyed this new detective. Salgado has a lot of the classic appeal of the loner detective; divorced, with ice, fire, sadness, and passion. He's investigating a death of a well off young man, but on the same time there are shadows of a crime from a long time ago, and of a witch doctor posing threats and making the life more complicated for Salgado. And some crimes will be (maybe) solved in the next story. Interesting characters, from the team of Salgado to the people around and involved in the crimes investigated. Enough twists and turns, and details for all the senses and the intelligent from a hot summery Barcelona. A bit like A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson, and a bit like many Nordic crime writers. Very elegant and mature for a first book. Maybe finally Spanish (or European) crime can become 'the new Nordic Noir'. I surely can't wait to have the next Salgado story to read (and I'm a huge consumer of Nordic crime).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve Dahlgren

    It suffers a bit when after a very gripping investigation that leads up to the reveal, it peters out, "the inspector had a hunch, and once it was verified, they went to arrest the suspect, who confessed everything, the end."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Interesting protagonist, great setting, a fine mystery.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Barcelona's the only part of Spain I've been to, so I'm always partial to crime novels set there. A few chapters into this one, I had to stop and check that it wasn't the second in a series (it isn't), since it seems like there's a lot of backstory. Detective Salgado is coming back from a month of administrative leave following his beating of a suspect in a human trafficking case, and still coming to terms with the dissolution of his marriage. He's asked to do a pro-forma investigation into the Barcelona's the only part of Spain I've been to, so I'm always partial to crime novels set there. A few chapters into this one, I had to stop and check that it wasn't the second in a series (it isn't), since it seems like there's a lot of backstory. Detective Salgado is coming back from a month of administrative leave following his beating of a suspect in a human trafficking case, and still coming to terms with the dissolution of his marriage. He's asked to do a pro-forma investigation into the death of the teenage son of a prominent family, who fell to his death in apparent misadventure. It doesn't take long for the storylines to spiral out of control among the wealthy families involved, with threads involving drug dealing, dark secrets from the past, infidelity, Facebook, blogs, not to mention a subplot involving the old human trafficking case, possible threats to his family, and another involving the private life of his assistant. And yet, despite so many narrative strands, the book kind of just plods along and never picks up any momentum. Neither the plotlines nor Salgado are ever that compelling, and the overall tone is just kind of drab. It doesn't help matters that Barcelona isn't really brought into the foreground, the story could really take place anywhere. In short, it's kind of a dull read and I'm hard pressed to find any reason to recommend it or seek out its sequel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The narrative Antonio Hill weaves here is subtle, but intricate. Initially, there are two mysteries being investigated. Inspector Hector Salgado is back at work after a vacation/suspension and is given a case that seems to be a lightweight investigation of a young adult's, Marc Castell, apparent accidental death. The other is the disappearance of a person of interest, Dr. Omar, in the Inspector's prior case-the person who was the reason behind Hector's fall from grace. As both investigations pro The narrative Antonio Hill weaves here is subtle, but intricate. Initially, there are two mysteries being investigated. Inspector Hector Salgado is back at work after a vacation/suspension and is given a case that seems to be a lightweight investigation of a young adult's, Marc Castell, apparent accidental death. The other is the disappearance of a person of interest, Dr. Omar, in the Inspector's prior case-the person who was the reason behind Hector's fall from grace. As both investigations progress, it becomes clear that not all is as it seems in either case. More and more, it appears that Marc's death was not an accident, especially when his friend throughout his childhood turns up dead as well. In the meantime, evidence is stacking up pointing to Hector as the perpetrator in the disappearance of Dr. Omar. Antonio Hill introduces us to his characters little by little, while they find the clues that keep us guessing until the end, leaving us with a shocker of an ending that I certainly didn't see coming.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann Tonks

    A solid police-procedural that is really a 3.5 rather than a 4 but giving it 3 stars felt too mean. There are some interesting characters in the story; it captures elements of Barcelona well; but there's something that just doesn't quite ring true to me in terms of the driver of one of the mysteries. I can't say any more because that would spoil what is generally a good read. I will certainly read another Inspector Salgado novel but I confess that I prefer Jason Webster's Spanish police-procedur A solid police-procedural that is really a 3.5 rather than a 4 but giving it 3 stars felt too mean. There are some interesting characters in the story; it captures elements of Barcelona well; but there's something that just doesn't quite ring true to me in terms of the driver of one of the mysteries. I can't say any more because that would spoil what is generally a good read. I will certainly read another Inspector Salgado novel but I confess that I prefer Jason Webster's Spanish police-procedurals.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    I picked this up on a whim, not knowing anything about it, and was very pleasantly surprised. A really well-written murder mystery, set in Spain, featuring the Argentinian version of Harry Bosch. The writing is what really sets this apart, though. This has some really beautiful imagery, that feels a step-up (or two) on the literary scale than your average police procedural. Looking forward to more from this series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sera Morgan

    I chose this book because I was visiting Barcelona, and I like to read a juicy book that is set in the city where I am visiting. In this case, I found a new author (for me) that I will definitely read again. I loved Antonio Hill's use of language and setting. The mysterious death of a young man who fell or was pushed out of a window is intriguing. The characters are fully realized, and I did not know who did it until the very end. I can't wait to read his other novel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    enjoyed this. for an inexperienced writer, this book is quite an achievement. Character's somwhat complex and appealing, several story lines neatly intersecting and all getting their fair chare of attention. I always find books where children are victims very difficult to take, and this one was certainly no exception, that's what lowered it down to a 3 star, but will give more of the series a try

  21. 5 out of 5

    R.E. Conary

    New detective: Inspector Hector Salgado; new country: Spain. It's always a pleasure to find a new detective story set in a locale that's different. A far cry from the cold, and often dreary, Nordic tales, A SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS treats us to hot, humid and deadly, Barcelona. Top notch mystery. Look forward to reading another episode.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol Schwartz

    I enjoyed this book very much (for a sad murder story of course). The characters are fascinating, the setting, Barcellona, one of my favorite places. Now I want to go again and see some of what I missed. More books to follow, and I hope much more of the city. Thanks for the new series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I gave it three stars because the main characters were complex and interesting. There were too many subplots and strange relationships and behaviors. The killer in the main plot seemed to be offered as an afterthought. Well written but far too convoluted.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cayo Gamber

    I love Barcelona and was taken aback by being reminded, again and again, that you don't want to be in Barcelona in the dead of summer. Perhaps that is a good reminder. That said, the story line was wonderful and I really came to like Inspector Salgado and his smart female colleagues.

  25. 5 out of 5

    J

    3.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This was an okay procedural. Nothing about it really grabbed me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bowles

    Must read! I read it it one sitting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hpnyknits

    Two good mysteries and satisfying conclusions. Interesting characters. Will read book 2, especially with the cliff hanger.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Ross

    Slow,but good. The title sounded clever and the story had some twists and turns. I didn't like being left at the end with a cliffhanger. Still a good read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Longo

    Surprising Good read. Unpredictable. The theme of troubled and abused children runs through this mystery. I hope this is the first book in a series.

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