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Evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative, Carlos Ruiz Zafon' Independent. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Doubleday (first published January 7th 2011)
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Franco  Santos
Feb 27, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me mantuvo completamente entretenido. Es muy rápido de leer, ameno y propina sorpresas a lo largo de la historia. Realmente no me esperaba todo eso... Novela negra en todo su esplendor. Lo recomiendo.
Atram_sinprisa
Una lástima de novela. El autor tiene potencial, y lo demuestra en grandes fragmentos, pero la trama hace aguas por todas partes.
Quizá la recomendaría a aquellos que no les guste este género. Al ser simple, quizá les guste más que una novela de género.
Otro bestseller policíaco más, con la gran tristeza de que haya sido un libro bastante conocido frente a obras maestras que conocen sólo unos pocos privilegiados, lo que las hace más especiales aún.
L.A. Starks
Sep 11, 2014 L.A. Starks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 off this case
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Bill Mackela
Jun 21, 2013 Bill Mackela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Sora91
Jan 02, 2012 Sora91 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El inspector Héctor Salgado regresa a Barcelona después de unas "vacaciones" forzosas y se encuentra, en medio del verano, atrapado entre dos casos de manera extraoficial: por un lado el que propició su expulsión y por el otro la muerte de un joven por suicidio.
Estamos delante de lo que parece la primera entrega de la serie de Héctor Salgado. ¡Fantástico!, porque el libro me ha parecido muy bueno. De esos que no puedes apartar porque te gustaría leerlo de una tirada. Y es que el punto fuerte de
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Jason P
May 19, 2013 Jason P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 w
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Zézinha Rosado
Jul 20, 2015 Zézinha Rosado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minha-biblioteca
Não sou leitora muito assídua de autores espanhóis, mas confesso que este me ficou debaixo de olho e lamentavelmente não existem mais livros publicados no nosso país, o que é uma pena, pois dá para perceber claramente que a história tem continuação, e a ver pela maneira como terminou este livro, garanto que a sequela deve ser espectacularmente viciante.
Confesso que as primeiras 50 páginas do livro não me prenderam muito, entraram muitas personagens ao mesmo tempo e houve alturas em que cheguei a
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Estibaliz79
Apr 12, 2014 Estibaliz79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela negra bien escrita (lo cual tampoco es sorprendente teniendo en cuenta que Toni Hill es traductor) y con una trama interesante y bien construida. El autor tiene bien aprendida la lección de lo que manda últimamente, y combina la parte meramente policial (o lo que es lo mismo, el caso en sí), con la personal (que, en este caso, viene a ser en sí misma otro caso).

La historia transcurre por los derroteros habituales del género, pero consigue no ser enteramente previsible, y el final sorp
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Nahia
Apr 06, 2014 Nahia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clase-2013-2014
Cuando el inspector Héctor Salgado vuelve de unas vacaciones, que tuvo que tomar de forma obligatoria, se encuentra con un caso que debe llevar extraoficialmente. Se trata de la muerte aparentemente accidental de un joven de 19 años, Marc. A medida que el inspector investiga el caso descubre algo que ocurrió hace ya 13 años y que parece tener relación directa con al muerte del chico. Y por si todo esto fuera poco, a los pocos días una amiga de Marc, Gina, aparece muerta en la bañera, ¿un suicido ...more
Eva
Jan 14, 2015 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me lo he pasado muy bien leyendo esta novela, me ha gustado el protagonista, Héctor Salgado, y me han entrado unas ganas terribles de seguir con la segunda parte. Aún así no es una novela redonda, el final demasiado abrupto y por los pelos y con algunos cuantos tópicos. Pero recomendable.
Rebeca May
Apr 16, 2012 Rebeca May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
“El verano de los juguetes muertos”, ambientada en una calurosa Barcelona, nos plantea una historia llena de misterios y sorpresas que logrará levantar el velo sobre los secretos mejor escondidos de la sociedad burguesa de Barcelona.

Sinceramente leí este libro porque en la librería lo vendían con la siguiente leyenda: "El libro que los aficionados de Carlos Ruiz Zafón y La Sombra del Viento están leyendo." Así que me imaginé un libro que me mantendría en vilo con tramas y enigmas a modos de muñe
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Anna
May 19, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Javier
Nov 30, 2014 Javier rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3'5) Teniendo en cuenta que ya la novela negra la tiendo a puntuar menos, me ha gustado más de lo que esperaba pero tiendo a castigar un poco cosas que aunque sepamos que es novela y negra me gustaría que fueran más realistas. Y no haya tanta facilidad para atar cabos en ciertas situaciones en las que no sería tan fácil, o tanta facilidad para escabullirse y salirse con la suya en cosas que en la realidad serían más complicadas. Gratamente no me esperaba ese giro final (muy al final), cosa de a ...more
Claudio
Feb 19, 2015 Claudio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antonio-hill
Un libro davvero bello, mi è piaciuto di più di quello che mi aspettavo leggendone la trama ed è una cosa poco scontata perché in genere ci azzecco sempre. Tutta la storia si svolge in pochissimi giorni e l'autore è stato bravo abbastanza a farmi andare fuori strada sul colpevole e a far uscire un colpevole abbastanza ad effetto, io non me lo sarei mai aspettato. Devo fare davvero i miei complimenti. Ho dato solo 4 stelle su 5 perché nel finale rimane una questione in sospeso, che credo sarà tra ...more
Neil
Jul 29, 2014 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting protagonist, great setting, a fine mystery.
Mariel (TheCrownedGoddessReads)
Ese final tiene que ser en blanco y negro cuando hagan la película! A pesar de situaciones predecibles y que Salgado es otro detective en pena, lo he disfrutado bastante. Me sorprendió la facilidad que tenían todos los personajes para atar cabos y enterarse de todo; la resolución de los casos me pareció un poco rebuscada pero Hill lo sabe, por eso nos dice que no hay evidencia de nada y sólo nos queda nuestro propio juicio.

No creo que El verano de los juguetes muertos sea el último caso del dete
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Deborah
Dec 01, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a slow start for me; not because it wasn't well-written, but because the opening scenes were very dark. (But you know that since the description mentions "human trafficking"). Once I got to page 40, however, I was hooked and stayed up until 1 AM to finish it.

Inspector Hector Salgado is trying to hold onto his job after he uncharacteristically lost his cool- but young, self-mutilated young prostitutes might have that effect on anyone. His boss Savall desperately wants to hold onto him, a
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Heidi Gonzalez
Sep 22, 2014 Heidi Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love loved this book. I didn't have high hope after getting two books from Blogging For Books that I wasn't so thrilled with but this one didn't disappoint. From the very first page every motion was well crafted and thought out. I can usually figure out who ultimately was responsible for things but this book totally kept me guessing, even during the final unraveling and reveal I found that I was off the mark.

Salgado is a broken man, his wife left him for another woman, and he is on probat
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Monica
Argentinian born Barcelona police inspector Hector Salgado is on suspension for brutally beating an African doctor involved in human trafficking. His boss give him an off the record investigation to follow up on to keep him occupied and to satisfy the demands of a wealthy local woman whose son died in a fall from his bedroom in what is presumed to be an accident.

The mother wants proof one way or the other, and Hector needs something to keep him occupied so it seems like a good plan. The investig
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Barbara Gregorich
Jul 25, 2014 Barbara Gregorich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read a good review of Hill's third novel in Publishers Weekly and realized that I wasn't familiar with him, so I bought a copy of The Summer of Dead Toys, the first in his Hector Salgado series. In most ways I was very pleasantly surprised with the story. I enjoyed the writing, I found the characters believable and interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed the setting. The mystery was satisfying to me because the conclusion made sense. Even though I failed to solve it while reading, I felt that th ...more
Spontaneous Uniq
As I started reading Antonio Hill's "Summer of Dead Toys," I found that after a couple chapters it was very hard to put the book down! Hill has a brilliant way of embracing his storyline, mixing in an array of visionary details about the streets of Barcelona and explaining the many traumas that have happened in Inspector Hector Selgado's past. The story introduces a wide variety of characters, giving a storyline to each of their daily lives, all the while focusing on the case of the intriguing, ...more
Jacqueline
Sep 29, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una novela fascinante con una trama complicada que se trata de temas de importancia actual. El protagonista, el inspector Héctor Salgado de la policía de Barcelona, se encuentra en una ausencia forzada de su trabajo por sus acciones en un caso relacionado con la trata de niñas. Cuando su jefe le pide ayuda–de una manera no oficial–con otro caso, el de un suicidio aparente, Héctor empieza a investigar con sus colegas. Descubren una serié complicada de eventos que tocan temas como el abuso en la i ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Summer of Dead Toys, by Antonio Hill, a-minus,Narrated by Mark Branhall, Produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from audible.com.



This novel introduces a new crime series, Detective Hector Salgado, located in Barcelona, Spain. Salgado is on probation from past bad behavior, so he is assigned to what is supposed to be an ordinary dull crime, a college student gets drunk and falls out of a window to his death. But it turns out not to be so ordinary. His two best teenage friends are cagey an
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Sid Nuncius
Nov 18, 2015 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very solid, readable crime novel. It is well written and involving, the characters are well enough drawn to convince much of the time, the story is well-paced and the dialogue generally believable.

Set in Barcelona, the story revolves around an apparent accident which, on further investigation, reveals murky goings-on in respectable families and family secrets from the past. It is a good story which moves at a decent pace. What I found lacking was a real sense of place and atmosphere. S
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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 and I can’t sleep because I’m scared. No, I
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Michelle Bacon
Jul 18, 2014 Michelle Bacon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Reading the summary of the BOOK and browsing a few reviews that were posted on another site made me anxious to read this book. I love a good mystery and with this one listed as a "thriller", I figured this would not leave me disappointed. Well, I was sadly mistaken.
Antonio Hill has a great plot with some very interesting characters, but the BOOK has a bit of overcrowding. Too many characters to try and keep up with and disjointed in the development of the characters. Maybe that was how Hill plan
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Coloma
Dec 03, 2014 Coloma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Está muy bien. Eso sí, hasta más o menos la mitad del libro, me costó sumergirme bien con los personajes y trama. Pero, a partir de ahí, quedé enganchada hasta el final.
Toni Hill acaba de dar carpetazo al inspector Héctor Salgado con la tercera y última entrega, así que habrá ir a por los dos siguientes con mucho gusto :-)
Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
http://cynthology.blogspot.com/2014/0...

Originally published in Spanish, The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill is a multi-layered story about a burning issue that is in crying need of being spoken about.
In the hands of a great writer, the matter-of-fact can become revelatory. And so Hector’s “accusatory wardrobe full of empty hangars” tells of a once full life gone to pieces. The loneliness and anxieties of of a man whose wife has left him is seen in the condition of his fridge, “empty as a br
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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."
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Antonio Hill is a Spanish author. His first novel, El verano de los juguetes muertos (The summer of the dead toys), has had a great success and it has received many excellent reviews.

Toni Hill was born in 1966, in Barcelona (Spain). He is a Bachelor of Psychology. He has worked for over ten years as a literary translator with Random House Mondadori, S.A., one of the leaders in edition and distribu
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