Who Killed Palomino Molero?

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Who Killed Palomino Molero?

By Mario Vargas Llosa; Alfred M. Adam (Translator); Alfred MacAdam (Translator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Paperback, 9780374525569, 160pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2004


This wonderful detective novel is set in Peru in the 1950s. Near an Air Force base in the northern desert, a young airman is found murdered. Lieutenant Silva and Officer Lituma investigate. Lacking a squad car, they have to cajole a local cabbie into taking them to the scene of the crime. Their superiors are indifferent; the commanding officer of the air base stands in their way; but Silva and Lituma are determined to uncover the truth.

"Who Killed Palomino Molero," an entertaining and brilliantly plotted mystery, takes up one of Vargas Llosa's characteristic themes: the despair at how hard it is to be an honest man in a corrupt society.

About the Author
Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include "The Storyteller," "The Feast of the Goat," "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter," "Death in the Andes," "In Praise of the Stepmother," "The Bad Girl," "Conversation in the Cathedral," "The Way to Paradise," and "The War of the End of the World." He lives in London.

Praise For Who Killed Palomino Molero?

"Vargas Llosa's fiction is distinguished by his wit, his taste for irony and his disposition to engage the complexities of existence with an insight that distains glib moralizing or ideological rigor." —Robert Stone, The New York Times Book Review