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Prime Time Suspect [Paperback]

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Item description for Prime Time Suspect by Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett & Nicholas Caistor...

"A superlative police procedural."-The Washington Post

A detested television journalist specializing in muckraking has been murdered. Inspector Petra Delicado and her sentimental sidekick Garzn are thrown into the ruthless world of show business, high society, and belligerent celebrities, where public and private lives meet in an explosive and deadly mix. In this new installment in the Petra Delicado series, Alicia Gimnez-Bartlett proves once more why she was recently named best female writer in Spain, and gives further evidence for the success of this series both in her native country and abroad.

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Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372311  
ISBN13  9781933372310  

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More About Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett & Nicholas Caistor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett was born in Almansa (Spain) in 1951. In 1997, she was awarded the Feminino Lumen prize for the best female writer in Spain. She subsequently launched her Petra Delicado series, which quickly turned her into one of Spain's most popular and loved crime writers.

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"I've never learnt how to put laces in new shoes...I try to find someone to do it for's something life owes me."  Jul 23, 2007
Barcelona police inspector Petra Delicado's confession about shoelaces epitomizes the many paradoxes in her life. A fiercely independent career woman who is also sarcastic and sometimes melancholy, she refuses to tolerate clichés about women and their behavior, even taking umbrage at the description of an evil man as an SOB, since that term insults mothers. Tough and dedicated to her job, she often works around the clock, and she sees her refusal to learn to put laces into new shoes as a conscious, independent decision, though others might see it differently.

Acting as foil to the ferociously self-sufficient Petra, is her partner, Sgt. Fermin Garzon, a man in his fifties who has a softer, more sentimental side. Fermin, also living on his own, tries to protect Petra from herself so subtly, sometimes, that she does not even realize it, and while the novel shows that each truly likes and respects the other, Fermin is Petra's employee, and he does not overstep his boundaries. With "energy for two people and no psychological hang-ups," Fermin provides balance for the high-strung Petra.

The murder of Ernesto Valdes, an amoral gossip reporter, takes Petra and Fermin from Barcelona to Madrid and back as they investigate the motive for Valdes's death and whether he was killed by a hired gun or by someone in the heat of passion. Various members of the police force in Barcelona and Madrid check Valdes's financial records, trying to identify possible partners he might have had in a blackmail scheme, since he managed to stash millions in a Swiss bank.

Before long, this case begins to overlap with another case in which the government Health Minister has been murdered. Valdes has publicly revealed the minister's dalliances with a mistress and embarrassed him and his family. Eventually, six deaths occur, with the investigation building inexorably to a grand climax as Petra and Fermin try to determine how many different killers and how many different motives there might have been in the overlapping cases.

This clever mystery is beautifully plotted, but it is in the characters that the novel excels. Author Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett, winner of the Femenino Lumen prize as best female writer in Spain, has created in Petra and Fermin characters who are so intriguing that the reader never tires of their interchanges. More fully developed than the typical investigating team in police procedurals, they are revealed on the psychological level at the same time that the reader comes to know them through their actions. The second in the Petra Delicado series to be translated into English (after Dog Day), this is actually the third book in the series. The first, Death Rites, will appear on 2008. Prime Time Suspect is a well-translated, first-class mystery with two main characters who provide endless opportunities for further development. Filled with astute observations about people and society, this novel goes beyond "mere" entertainment, creating a realistic picture of the culture and its social conflicts. n Mary Whipple

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