The Angst-Ridden Executive

The Angst-Ridden Executive

By Manuel Vazquez Montalban; Manuel Vaazquez Montalbaan; Ed Emery (Translator)

Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781612190389, 240pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012

Introducing one of crime fiction's most legendary detectives, and greatest writers, to America
When Antonio Jauma, a director of the multinational conglomerate Petnay, is murdered, his widow seeks out private investigator Pepe Carvalho, who had met and forgotten the playboy executive after their single chance encounter back when Carvalho still worked for the CIA.
Jauma was a womanizer, according to a friend, of the least pleasant sense, and the police have decided that the murder is the work of an unhappy pimp. But Carvalho doggedly pursues his own phlegmatic investigation, with time out for his signature book burning (Sartre's "Critique of Dialectical Reasoning"; Sholokov's "And Quiet Flows the Don"), cooking (leek soup and a freshly-caught steamed turbot), and running with his girlfriend Charo, whose last name he can t remember.

About the Author
Montalban is a journalist, novelist and creator of Pepe Carvalho, a fast-living, gourmet private detective.

Praise For The Angst-Ridden Executive

“Montalbán writes with authority and compassion—a le Carré-like sorrow.” —Publishers Weekly

"If Graham Green, P.G. Wodehouse, Raymond Chandler, and Anthony Bourdain all sat together in front of a typewriter, the result would be Pepe Carvalho." —Crimespree Magazine

"One can only hope for more from this marvellous series."The Globe and Mail

"[The books in the Pepe Carvalho series] provide a look at post-Franco life in Barcelona and Madrid and are invaluable historical markers of a period in Spanish history." —20-Something Reads