Published for the first time in English, an atmospheric,
brilliant novel from an internationally bestselling literary
Roberto Ampuero's novels starring the wonderfully roguish
Cayetano Brulé are an international sensation. In The Neruda
Case, readers are introduced to Cayetano as he takes on his
first case as a private eye. Set against the fraught political
world of pre-Pinochet Chile, Castro's Cuba, and perilous
behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries,
cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature's
most beloved figures-Pablo Neruda.
Cayetano meets the poet at a party in Chile in the 1970s. The
dying Neruda recruits Cayetano to help him solve the last great
mystery of his life. As Cayetano fumbles around his first case,
finding it hard to embrace the new inspector identity foisted upon
him, he begins to learn more about Neruda's hidden agenda. Neruda
sends him on a whirlwind expedition around the world, ending back
in Chile, where Pinochet's coup plays out against the final
revelations of their journey.
Evocative, romantic, and full of intrigue, Ampuero's novel is
both a glimpse into the life of Pablo Neruda as death approaches
and a political thriller that unfolds during the fiercely
convulsive end of an era.