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Il centravanti è stato assassinato verso sera (Pepe Carvalho #14)

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Barcellona, 1988: in una città sconvolta dalle speculazioni e dai cantieri legati alla preparazione delle Olimpiadi del 1992, la grande squadra di calcio locale riceve una lettera anonima alquanto delirante nella quale si afferma che Jack Mortimer, stella del calcio inglese appena acquistata dal club, verrà ucciso all'imbrunire. La polizia sembra prendere sul serio la mina ...more
Paperback, Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 199 pages
Published 2003 by Feltrinelli (first published 1989)
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Jan 17, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: spagna, gialli
Ne "Il centravanti è stato assassinato verso sera” si trovano le pagine più belle che abbia finora letto di Montalban, nella parte finale, e le pagine anche più noiose che nella prima parte mi avevano scoraggiato in una lettura per nulla scorrevole perché il linguaggio dello scrittore è molto ricco e articolato e penalizzata dalla inesistenza di suddivisioni in capitoli e pertanto da repentini passaggi da una scena all’altra senza soluzione di continuità. Il libro è un thriller a maglie larghe, ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it really liked it
Ambientato in una Barcellona sconvolta dai lavori e dalle speculazioni per i Giochi Olimpici del 1992 e giocato su una ambiguità di fondo che tiene il lettore con il fiato sospeso fino ad una conclusione “aperta”, questo è un giallo fuori del comune, una specie di citazione colta del genere e quasi un pretesto, un punto di partenza, per toccare temi di portata più generale.
L’intreccio del romanzo, infatti, si dilata ben oltre quello che è il filo della trama poliziesca, per spaziare con precisi
Nov 23, 2012 Serdar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It can't be defined just as a "crime fiction", you can read it as a sociology book to see how society of Barcelona had been changing, as an urban planning book/guide to understand the transformation Barcelona had been living before and during the preparations of Olympic games. Also, you can see it as a philosophy book too. Montalban knows very well how to combine these things in a simple novel. This novel is a masterpiece but when it comes to the end of the novel I have to agree with the others. ...more
Martin Mulcahey
Maybe not the best Montalban to start with? I expected more, since it features three of my favorite subjects with soccer, a mystery, and great location. Not really a mystery, since there is no concealing of who perpetrated the crimes and the book is more about how it is all stitched together by the main characters. The passages that dealt with the soccer players and interaction between the private detective and police were definitely the best parts of the book. In fact, the book reads more like ...more
JC Denton
Dec 11, 2015 JC Denton rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is diferent of the other of Carvalho series. Ahora en español. Es diferente porque le falta ese leitmotiv de buscar la Arcadia que motivo a los personajes a buscar su final trágico, porque no es otra cosa que personajes trágicos lo que refleja. Este sin embargo es más apegado a su tiempo, y más se disfruto cuanto más se sepa de esa época histórica en concreto y de loque estaba pasando en el PCE. Gran libro tanto para comprender el devenir del comunismo en España como para ...more
May 12, 2011 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tracked this down in anticipation of my trip to Barcelona this summer. It was good enough that I'll give Montalban another chance. The characters were unique, and they spanned a broad spectrum. The detective story was something between entertaining and unusual. The social and geographical depictions of Barcelona, specifically Montalban's perspective on urban renewal, were - as predicted - priceless. But the food - the cooking and restaurant scenes - were mouth-watering! (Shades of Peter Mayle ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Giulietta rated it liked it
Shelves: libri, romanzi, spagnoli
Ci ho messo un sacco a finirlo, ma non per colpa del libro che di per sè, pur non essendo a mio avviso ai livelli de "Gli uccelli di Bankok" o "Tatuaggio", è bello e ben scritto. Carvalho mi piace, il suo modo di fare da burbero dal cuore tenero (in fondo in fondo) e le sue acrobazie culinarie. Mi piacciono i suoi comprimari, mi piace il modo che Montalban ha di raccontare le situazioni, i personaggi... mi piace, nulla da fare!
Primo libro che leggo di Montalban, non mi ha particolarmente colpita.<br />La scrittura molto bella e anche il personaggio di Pepe Carvalho sicuramente interessante (ha una passione smodata per la cucina!). La trama per non mi ha appassionata, il giallo "vero" inizia a pagina 180 su 220 quando finalmente "succede qualcosa"...<br />Forse l'avrei apprezzato di pi se avessi letto prima gli altri romanzi precedenti con lo stesso protagonista, chiss! ...more
Dec 13, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This book was annoying. I read it because it was in the house and was so different from the long India book. Problem was that it was just good enough to keep reading, but utterly disappointing in the end.
Although I learned a bit about Barcelona, Spanish football, prostitution and cocaine...the plot was interesting, yet very frustrating, and the end was dumb.
Massimo Foglio
Feb 01, 2013 Massimo Foglio rated it liked it
Avendo sempre sentito parlare molto bene di Montalban, mi sono deciso a leggere finalmente un suo libro. L'impressione che ne ho ricavato fa un po'a cazzotti con l'enorme can can mediatico che accompagna questo autore. Storia godibile, ma piena di inutili digressioni.
Non sopporto tanto gli scrittori che vogliono scrivere dei saggi buttandoci la narrativa in mezzo.
Molto deludente.
Jan 26, 2015 Voss rated it did not like it
Mi aspettavo grandi meraviglie, dato il costante incensare che tutti facevano di questo autore.
Il protagonista mi sembra un idiota e la storia, pur bella e realistica, non riesce a prendermi.
La malinconia ci sta tutta.
L'avessi letto senza aver mai saputo nulla di autore e ciclo di romanzi e protagonista, magari l'avrei apprezzato maggiormente.
Forse, non lo so.
Dave Johnson
Aug 27, 2011 Dave Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A struggling Barcelona Football team seems as distant as the era of Central Committees but despite this being an enjoyable whodunnit I found it less compelling than the other books in the series, despite a mutual interest in Football. I wondered whether he was running out of ideas.
Aug 22, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters and setting are all pretty ok, but the plot flubs and the author is too interested in characters that didn't really play a big part in the story to wrap things up cleanly. Disappointing.
Aaron Kent
Feb 21, 2016 Aaron Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This novel and also Southern Seas by Montalban remind me of something like Red Harvest by Hammett where there's a cast of characters, but it feels more like the city itself is guilty of the crime.
Jul 19, 2012 Liam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but I feel as in some of Montalbán's other work the ending is a little disappointing
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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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