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The Book of Murder

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  691 ratings  ·  114 reviews
One Sunday morning in Buenos Aires, a struggling writer finds himself tangled up in the story of Luciana, a former authors' assistant whom he has not seen for at least ten years, & Kloster, a rival writer. What he discovers will make him question everything he had always taken for granted about chance & calculation, cause & effect.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Abacus (first published 2007)
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Paul Pessolano
This is a very difficult book to put into words. I liked it, I wasn't sure I liked it, it kept me interested, I kept turning the pages, I had it figured out, but then again I'm still not sure I figured it out.

This is a murder mystery that basically contains only three characters. Now how difficult can it be to figure ut a "who done it" when there are only three people to choose from?

Kloster is an author in Buenos Aires who writes murder mysteries and has become very successful, the narrator of t
Carmen Daza Márquez
No sé qué me pasa con Guillermo Martínez que sus libros me gustan mucho pero no me terminan de convencer. Leí con mucho gusto Los crímenes de Oxford, pero el libro no consiguió entusiasmarme. Y me compré con mucho gusto La muerte lenta de Luciana B., lo leí con interés y casi de un tirón, pero tampoco ha logrado convencerme. El estilo narrativo del autor es muy de mi agrado, los temas que trata me interesan y el ritmo y la estructura de sus novelas suelen estar bastante conseguidos. Es en la res ...more
Goodreads describes this as a "literary" mystery, and by that they presumably mean it's not the usual formulaic whodunit. The mystery is not who did the murders, but if murders even took place. For me, the book was a flashback to Pirandello's play, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" wherein the distinction between author and character, reality and artistic creation are blurred. In this metafiction cum mystery about two novelists, one the narrator, the reader is never directly "told" by the ...more
Lisa Ard
An Argentinian writer gets a call from a former secretary (Luciana), ten years after working with her for a single month. She's desperate to see him. He remembers her. That beginning pulled me in. The tension in this book from the very beginning had me turning pages.

Readers learn of the brief, but alluring relationship between the writer and Luciana, as well as her abandonment of him when she returned to the distinguished older writer Kloster. Luciana returns to the writer with an incredible st
Me gustó mucho, mantiene el suspenso y atrapa de manera firme. Es concisa, está bien escrita y los personajes, si bien están definidos simplemente por algunas características particulares, no se notan las carencias de descripción; de hecho, hasta son mejores para que el lector se adentre y sorprenda con la lectura sin dar vueltas con detalles innecesarios.
Tal vez el final me decepcionó un poco, esperaba otra cosa, desde el capítulo 11 (son 12 y un epílogo) la historia dio un vuelco un tanto fant
The more I think about this book, the better I like it. It's one of those. What fascinates me the most is that the crux of the plot, the solution to the mystery, is basically untenable. Clearly Martinez knows this, as does the book's protagonist who doesn't want to believe it either. It leaves us with a philosophical quandary at the end, one that we can resolve with a supernatural solution, or walk away from with questions about chance and probability. I can see why an ending like this might irr ...more
copante, copante!

Entrada en el diario 10 de Faedyl desde City Bell, Buenos Aires Province Argentina en domingo, 11 de octubre de 2009
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Sara Gran
Guillermo Martinez's books are unique, almost to the point of being experimental--this book is as spare and elegant as any I've read. Fast and fun to read. After this I went back and read every backlist title I could find. HIghly recommended.
This was my first Martinez book and I think he does an amazing job. I felt this wasn't quite a mystery or a thriller but a little bit of both. It is the kind of book that really makes you think, trying to figure out what is going on, what the truth is. And just like the narrator, I felt as though I was still trying to figure that out when the book ended. I am generally the queen of happy endings and having things all tied up in a neat little bow, and this book offers neither but I liked it anywa ...more
The Book of Murder' is told in the first person by a an unnamed narrator, just as the author's previous novel 'The Oxford Murders' was, too. 'The Book of Murder' is a short, to-the-point novel about a young girl who used to take dictation from a literary giant of an author who she claims is murdering her family members one by one to avenge her suing of him for sexual harassment. The narrator hears both the girl's as well as the famous author's points of view and is unable to decide if the deaths ...more
Un libro con un caso escalofriante. Me dejó con ganas de más de este autor.
No le pongo más nota porque el final me descolocó un poco-bastante.
This author seems to get off on his own knowledge of great writers as he never wasted an opportunity to let you know what " (insert famous writer here) says ..." About this or that. I also think he may be a "red pill-er" based on the inner dialogue of the main character and his superficial characterizations of the women in this book. Basically a) she was attractive, she wanted me to want her, I did and she rebuffed me, she sucks. But this is no study into the psychology of post adolescent female ...more
Ten years ago the novelist who's our narrator injured his hand and for a few weeks needed a secretary to transcribe his words to the computer. Luckily the older and more successful novelist Kloster was going off for a month's trip, and so our narrator was able to "borrow" the young student who'd been doing Kloster's transcription, Luciana. Now, out of the blue, Luciana reappears in the narrator's life, telling him a fantastic tale of how she sued Kloster for sexual harassment, how the suit's con ...more
Dominiek Leenknecht
Dit boek had me keihard mee. Geniaal vertaald, een mysterieus verhaal waarin de lezer continu op zoek gaat naar "wat is er nu eigenlijk aan de hand?". Geen whodunnit, eerder een whathashappened :)

De verteller van dit boek ("de auteur") heeft het over een plotse herinnering die terug in zijn leven opduikt: zijn vroegere typiste/secretaresse komt na 10 jaar weer boven water en ziet er bijzonder slecht uit. Zij beweert dat haar leven geterroriseerd wordt/werd door Kloster, een mysterieuze Argentijn
A few years ago, I read the mathematics-tinged The Oxford Murders by the Argentinian writer Guillermo Martinez, and found that somewhat irritating in its insistence of mysticism around logic and set theory. The writer now comes up with an even more fantastic tale in The Book of Murder, in which, it appears, characters are killed by a mad author and nobody is able to establish that fact. The narrator is approached by a distraught Luciana, a secretary who had briefly worked with him a decade earli ...more
The "Book of Murder" I think is a book that can satisfy a wide range of audience. A book Ι assume, it will be likable by the majority of readers, regardless of the kind of books they prefer to read. And this because it's a very accessible work without any special difficulties and with a plot that I couldn't miss describe it as interesting.

But through its simplicity the author will make you concerned by the different angles -with which he approximates the whole story. Τhey will contribute in make
Sarah Sammis
The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez is another of those long time wishlist books, on the list since the book was first published. Since it's an Argentinean mystery, I either learned about it via NPR or BBC radio. Regardless, I'm glad I added it to my list.

An author on a deadline has to hire a typist when he breaks his wrist. He's sent Luciana, a young, beautiful and efficient typist. The author meets his deadline and that's the last he thinks of her for a decade, until she reappears with an
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I... I don't know where to begin with this book. It puzzled me, to say the least. I wanted more, but at the same time (in some instances) I wanted less. The narrator, though part of the story, really just seemed to be along for the ride, but we didn't really get a lot about what HE though, only that he didn't know what to believe. That felt like a cop-out to me.

To be honest, this is one you really just have to read and figure out for yourself. There's no explaining it.
Val Booklover
Strange, compelling, hard, intriguing, infuriating, logic and illogic...yeah all that
So far, the best of Martinez's novels.

I wonder: The original title is "The slow death of Luciana B" (which, reading the story makes sense); why changing it to a lame/trite/unoriginal "book of murder"? Not really surprising, since in general the translation is uninspired.
Hier lagen nog enkele aankopen, gedaan op een Boekenfestijn vorig jaar, te wachten om gelezen te worden. Ik begon eigenlijk eerst aan een ander boek, maar toen ik het wilde toevoegen aan mijn Goodreads-shelf las ik in de reviews dat veel mensen de tweede helft ervan niet zo geweldig vonden. Omdat ik datzelfde al aan de hand had bij het laatste boek dat ik las, en ik geen zin had in de herhalig daarvan, begon ik dan maar eerst aan 'De langzame dood van Luciana B.'
Ik las het snel uit. Het idee ac
Leslie Rusch
I enjoyed this book until the ending, which left a bad taste in my mouth and hence the mediocre score. The writing is good and engaging. The writer creates atmosphere with minimal obvious effort. You feel the attitude of the narrator very clearly, the observed characters less so.
from the back cover:

"One sleepy Sunday morning in Buenos Aires, a struggling writer receives an unexpected phone call that draws him into the tangled story of Luciana, an old acquaintance, and Kloster, a rival author. What he discovers will make him question everything he has always taken for granted about chance and calculation, cause and effect.

One by one, Luciana's loved ones are dying -- and she or her sister could be next. She's convinced that Kloster is behind the deaths, punishing her for
From last December through this February, I only read Spanish. I started a few novels and a few political volumes, but I actually finished (and enjoyed!) this novel by Guillermo Martinez from Argentina. La Muerte Lenta de Luciana B. is a very creepy psychological thriller. I read it in Quito, while Ramona and I were down there in January. I felt like I was watching a Hitchcock movie the whole time I was reading it. One of Martinez’ earlier novels has been converted to a movie, so maybe I’ll be a ...more
Not your conventional murder mystery. It is very Argentinian, in the Borges-ian alternating realities and malevolent attraction by the men for the central female character. The mind games are well played and a neat ending avoided.
Alcuni temi - la casualità, il rapporto tra giustizia e castigo, la potenza evocatrice della letteratura - sono esplicitamente borgesiani. Però Martìnez non è, evidentemente, Borges e quello che resta alla fine è la sensazione di aver letto una storia totalmente irreale, senza capo nè coda. Peccato, perchè certe atmosfere platensi delle prime pagine mi avevano ricordato un libro argentino misconosciuto e molto amato, "Gli ultimi giorni della vittima" di Josè Pablo Feinmann
I can't say that the book is not good, but I didn't enjoy reading it at all. It's only saving grace is that it's not too long - short enough to finish it even if you dislike it.
It is an easy and fluent reading, but by the way the action was developing i was expecting a more powerful ending.. Nevertheless, i enjoyed it and i am looking forward to read the others author's books.
It was fast paced, and very interesting. Smartly done, however, the ending was its down coming, as were the similarities of the characters- they all spoke the same. Not hugely decisive, but.
Kirsty Darbyshire
An enjoyable literary take on a murder mystery. Luciana, who once worked taking dictation from a famous writer, is convinced the writer is conspiring to murder her friends and family after she made accusations against him. It's not really a plot driven story so I shouldn't really mark it down for having a pretty far fetched plot that doesn't really hang together, but in the end I think I do. The ending just seems a bit weak and obvious. I wasn't expecting all the threads to be tied up and the au ...more
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Guillermo Martínez is an Argentine novelist and short story writer. He gained a PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Buenos Aires.

After his degree in Argentina, he worked for two years in a postdoctoral position at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford.

His most successful novel has been The Oxford Murders, written in 2003. In the same year, he was awarded the Planeta Prize for this novel,
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