The Angst-Ridden Executive
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
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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.
Born in Barcelona in 1939, poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was one of Spain’s greatest writers. A well-known gourmand, he also wrote often about food. He is best known for his crime series featuring Pepe Carvalho, which won him international acclaim and numerous awards, including the Planeta Prize and the International Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He died in 2003 in Hong Kong, on his way home to Barcelona.
Ed Emery has translated Mohamed Choukri, Antonio Negri, and Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo.
“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