Law of Return (Tejada, #2)
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Law of Return (Tejada #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After being transferred from Madrid to Salamanca, Carlos Tejada, promoted to a lieutenant in the Guardia Civil, investigates the disappearance of a well-connected former law professor.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Soho Crime (first published 2004)
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A near 5. Almost 5. Close, so very close.

What a terrific fucking novel. Man how come when I pick up books at random they aren't all as good as Rebecca Pawel's books? Tejada is an awesome character, and a worthy addition to the pantheon of serial detectives. I just picked up on this chick a few months ago, and I'm trying to pace myself because I think she only has two more books after this one (so far), but man, I can't get enough of this stuff. Write faster.
This book was excellent. There was enough exposition that I didn't feel in the dark since I hadn't read Death of a Nationalist. I felt very sorry for Elena's father and his fellow parolees. I still didn't entirely agree with some of Tejada's techniques, but I couldn't really fault him for doing his job, especially since he was nicer than many of his comrades were. The entire sequence when Elena is trying to rescue Meyer and Tejada shows up unexpectedly (saving the day) was fantastic. Part of wha...more
Rebecca Pawel is an excellent writer of books which take place in Spain in the beginning of Franco's rule. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon is a Lieutenant in the Guardia Civil and is transferred to Salamanca, where he attended university. He is monitoring parolees, and Elena, a woman who he had helped out in Madrid and with whom he is in love, comes with her father, former classics professor Fernandez for his weekly interview with the Guardia. Another parollee, Manuel Arroyo Díaz, is found murdered....more
I read Rebecca Pawel's all-too-brief series out of order as they became available to me. Talk about your odd couple; a detective who's a Franco fascist and his love interest, a much more liberal intellectual. Each brings insights to the crimes they solve, and their relationship deepens most satisfactorily. I have never bought a book from Soho Press that wasn't good, so the publisher alone should tell you something. The setting at the end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of World War II...more
I found Death of a Nationalist consistently good & felt it had more historical insight. At times Law of Return is more suspenseful and just as interesting. Here the theme is more of disappearance and escape. The Spanish Civil War and its reach are ebbing while WWII has overtaken France and Jewish citizens are attempting to escape deportations in France and Germany. Without being the main focus of the book, Pawel did an excellent job of capturing the process of being on the run and only with...more
This series set during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War is notable for having a Fascist as the book's detective. A main character full of contradictions, but with a clear moral certainty. Moral values are for me, one of the most enjoyable features of any mystery. However his values are challenged by a teacher who sympathizes with the loosing side. All the novel's have good plots and wonderful detail, in this case about Salamanca. The first book is set in Madrid, and the third in a tiny tow...more
This was an excellent mystery, complex and compelling, and set in the period of wartime Spain. The detective is a Fascist military man, a Franco supporter, who is in love with a Republican intellectual whose father and friends have suffered at the hands of the government. The author creates the atmosphere of the war in Europe, of Franco's Spain
and of the peril to Jews of the Nazis and Fascists. The suspense comes not only from the main thread of the story, but also as we watch how
love - in oppos...more
Well I think I am now officially a fan of Rebecca Pawel, and of Tejada. Again, it's hard to put aside the fact that the man is a fascist(sympathizer) but I appreciate that Pawel doesn't shy away from the complications that this brings up. The story was a little slow for what I consider a mystery to be, but I didn't mind. Pawel has written complex characters again, and I actually enjoyed getting to know them. The 'mystery' drew me in too, but I really found it secondary to the questions of politi...more
Sep 25, 2008 Ruth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kyle
This should be 3.5 stars: 4 stars for the romance and the captivating setting (Spain immediately after the Spanish Civil War), 3 stars for the actual mystery, which was weak and sort of unnecessary, despite this being shelved in the mystery section. My suggestion: Pawel should stop writing mysteries (or stop her publisher from classing her that way) and just write novels about Spain in this era. She's clearly a talented writer, but not of whodunits.
Second in the series that started with 'Death of a Nationalist'. Sometimes authors begin with a bang but can't sustain it. This is a good sophomore effort that doesn't disappoint. The setting is still Spain but time has moved on and it takes places in the early years after the Civil War.
Liked this book with it's unlikely "hero". But think the author allowed herself one coinicidence too many. Will read the rest of the series.
Dana Woodaman
Even better than the first one, I guess I am hooked on these characters and the historical settings.
This one just didn't do it for me. I found the plot slow, and I lost interest in it quickly.
Friend recommended as light reading. Liked the historical background.
Adán Tejada
It's about Lieutenant Tejada. 'Nuff said.
am i a sucker for liking a happy ending?
Gypsy Lady
Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
Mary G.
Great story of the Spanish Civil War.
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Rebecca Pawel was born in 1977 and was raised in New York City. She spent a summer studying in Madrid in 1994 and fell in love with Spain. She also majored in Spanish language and literature at Columbia University.

Death of a Nationalist was nominiated for Best first Novel for both the 2004 Anthony and 2004 Macavity, and won the 2004 Edgar Best First Novel. It was also a finalist for the LA Times B...more
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