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The Angst-Ridden Executive (Pepe Carvalho #3)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  195 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Introducing one of crime fiction’s most legendary detectives, and greatest writers, to America

When Antonio Jauma, a director of the multinational conglomerate Petnay, is murdered, his widow seeks out private investigator Pepe Carvalho, who had met and forgotten the playboy executive after their single chance encounter—back when Carvalho still worked for the CIA.

Jauma was a
Published February 14th 2012 by Melville International Crime (first published 1977)
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Apr 30, 2012 Keith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zach Gillan
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was a prolific Spanish writer. Among his many works was the Pepe Carvalho series, which features a rumpled private detective. Set mostly in Barcelona, the series is interesting because Pepe, like his creator, shares an affinity for Post-Franco left-wing politics. The book is populated with survivors of the opposition to the dictator Francisco Franco. Pepe also loves food and this novel features many interesting meals. The city of Barcelona is also featured in all it's g ...more
Emperador Spock
—¿Le gusta hacer deporte?
—Deportes imaginativos. Comer. Joder.

Y es exactamente lo que hace. Claro, los excesos alimentarios y las miradas largas bajo los escotes profundos son las marcas de destinción de PP Carvalho, no obstante, en "La soledad" el autor no acertó a mezclar estos elementos en la masa del texto de una manera uniforme y balanceada. La harina sale por todas partes, por lugares inapropiados, en situaciones ridículas.

Los capítulos que relatan una parte del pasado de Carvalho no aport
Some distinctly quotable lines--mainly about food--but the story itself was a combination of thin, and confusing. (The latter complaint is partially a fault of the book's design; it's not terribly clear, typographically, when characters or even scenes change.)

That said, though, the plot still seemed almost beside the point, in some ways; the main character's meals are by far the most memorable part of the book. Then again, I don't know that much about post-Franco Spain; maybe if I did the politi
Iñaki Tofiño
Probablemente no fuera su mejor libro, pero se deja leer.
Turbios asuntos de una multinacional norteamericana que derriba y erige Gobiernos a golpe de talonario, por el bien común, siempre por el bien común.
Ciudades: San Francisco, Las Vegas
Libros quemados: La crítica de la razón dialéctica, de Lefevbre; Así se templó el acero, de Ostrovski; Ensayos sobre Heine, de Sacristán; Anatomía del realismo, de Sastre.
Angel Serrano
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Dave Johnson
Another enjoyable thriller, with interesting insights into post-Franco Catalonia/Spain. Pepe the Private Investigator is an engagingly flawed human being with a healthy interest in good food...
Well, I read this in English, obviously, but the meal descriptions and references to Spanish history and philosophy outnumber the aspects of the mystery- which was thin enough.
Histoire en fait assez vide, descriptions inutiles qui servent à exprimer surtout une position politique. L'impression que l'ensemble manque de cohérence.
Bello! Montalban non si smentisce, anche se questa volta mi ha un po' spiazzato, con un finale enigmatico!
Didn't end up reading - it was wrongly selected as a book club pic. No one liked it.
Sorry, it was boring. I will loose this book somewhere... Maybe somebody will like it.
May 03, 2013 Alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I guess one of a detective series set in Barcelona, guest-starring the city itself.
Joe Kosarek
Best one of the series so far. Wish they were all translated.
Jun 09, 2007 Sharon is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Barcelona.
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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was a prolific Spanish writer: journalist, novelist, poet, essayist, anthologue, prologist, humourist, critic, as well as a gastronome and a FC Barcelona supporter.

He studied Philosophy at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona and was also a member of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia. For many years, he contributed columns and articles to the Madrid-based daily newspa
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“As one who appreciated the tragic side of eating, it seemed to him that anything other than fruit for dessert implied a reprehensible frivolity, and cakes in particular ended up annihilating the flavour of quiet sadness that must be allowed to linger at the end of a great culinary performance.” 7 likes
“To begin cooking duck at one in the morning is one of the finest acts of madness that can be undertaken by a human being who is not mad.” 6 likes
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