The Summer Of Dead Toys by Antonio HillThe Summer Of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

The Summer Of Dead Toys

byAntonio Hill

Paperback | May 13, 2014

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The perfect summer read: A skillfully plotted tale of misdeeds and murder--introducing Inspector Hector Salgado, a detective with a complicated past, a love of cinema . . . and a tendency to violence.
     Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.
     When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city's most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.
ANTONIO HILL lives in Barcelona. He is a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish and speaks fluent English. The author lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Title:The Summer Of Dead ToysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.78 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038567872X

ISBN - 13:9780385678728


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent police procedural I was only a few chapters in to this book when I knew that one story wasn't going to be enough about Inspector Hector Salgado. Author Antonio Hill has created a character that I want to read about again and again. The Inspector has just returned from a month long enforced vacation to his homeland of Argentina when he was asked to unofficially investigate a suicide. At first, he goes through the motions of this new case, but can't let go of the human trafficking one that got him in such trouble. Hector is a good investigator, he knows not to accept things at face value, but to collect and listen to the evidence. Fortunate for him and for the dead man, Leira Castro is assigned as his new partner and she is brilliant at her job. Together, they uncover of a web of deceit reaching back years. I loved this novel, it kept me interested, on the edge of my seat for the entire story. It combined great characters, a city that is foreign to me and a plot that I couldn't anticipated. It is an excellent example of a classic police procedural where good solid police work and investigation find the clues/leads and follow them through to their actual conclusion of a solved crime. Inspector Hector Salgado returns in The Good Suicides and then in The Hiroshima Lovers (yet to be translated to english).
Date published: 2015-07-23

Editorial Reviews

 • "The first thing that strikes the reader about Antonio Hill's impressive debut novel is its evocative and atmospheric language. The sense of oppressive heat is ever-present, and the treatment of the sultry city evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative Carlos Ruiz Zafon. . . . A series to watch." --The Independent (UK) • "Salgado's rich inner life and Hill's talents at plotting and prose bode well for a successful series." --Publishers Weekly