Item description for Dog Day by Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett, Nicholas Caistor, Jim Amash, Karl Bollers, Art Mawhinney & Meg Schnieder...
A mongrel dog named Freaky, the corpse of a man with a seemingly endless list of aliases, and a handful of tips from an anonymous woman caller. With these elements hard-nosed Inspector Petra Delicado and her sentimental sidekick, Fermin Garzon, begin an investigation into big-money dog smuggling. Their best leads come from the most unlikely sources: a ruggedly handsome vet; a blond bombshell who trains guard dogs; an eccentric university professor; and a haughty dog groomer. At times, these two world-wise detectives are at a loss, but Delicado and Garzon are not the sort of cops that rely on hunches. They methodically pursue their investigation, drawing the reader into a complex and sordid story in which passions and profits turn men into beasts and animals into victims. Dog Day is set in a Barcelona that few visitors to the city will ever see, a Barcelona that lurks beneath the surface of one of Europe's most dazzling cities. A broken heart, a new monstrosity, and another dead body accompany every step through this demimonde.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Europa Editions
ISBN 1933372141 ISBN13 9781933372143
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More About Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett, Nicholas Caistor, Jim Amash, Karl Bollers, Art Mawhinney & Meg Schnieder
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.
Enjoyable, quality mystery from a Spanish writer Jul 28, 2008
I picked this novel up in an aiport bookstore before a long flight, and was very glad that I did. This is a fresh voice for American mystery readers. I've read enough police procedurals and "mystery thrillers" taking place in the familiar U.S. locations, peopled by the usual suspects - hard boiled American detectives and cops, crooks, killers, psychopaths, and the like. For fans of the genre who want a change of pace, I strongly recommend books that are recently hitting the stores, like Ann Cleeve's Raven Black (Shetland, England), or Miyuke Miyabe's All She Was Worth (Japan), or this great read by Gimenez-Bartlett, about a tough Spanish detective in Barcelona and her food-loving partner, investigating a mystery revolving around dogs.
This is a well-written novel with good characters and a fresh perspective, though the plotting is not the strongest I've encountered in the genre. For animal lovers, the descriptions are disappointing - the author has obviously not done her research. I won't give the plot away, but it does take the detectives awhile to catch on to what's afoot (modern readers will be a step ahead- the novel was written years ago and only recently translated). And again, the dog-related descriptions are off the mark, and for readers who know about dogs, that can be a distraction. This is not a unique problem to this author, however - I've read several books featuring dogs that have gotten basic facts about breeds or dog behavior wrong.
However, that did not take away from my enjoyment of this book. This is a strong, fresh voice for American mystery fans, and I have already ordered the next installment in this series. I'm also eagerly looking for other mysteries/procedurals written by non-American authors - it really does make for a terrific change of pace.
A final note - DO NOT READ the book jacket- it contains a major plot spoiler.
Dog day Feb 9, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It labored a litle through the middle section but all in all was a worthwhile read and informative as to todays world with regard to animals.
Spanish Lady Detective amazes with STUPIDITY! Sep 11, 2006
The fly leaf of this book says it is the first in a series. Let's hope it is a series of ONE because the detective in this book is only fractions smarter than her author. If detectives in Spain are anywhere near this stupid, they don't belong in a book. They belong on daytime television. Nothing in this book surprised me. Every twist was clear 100 pages before it happened. I rate it 2 stars because the cover art is attractive but as a dog lover or a reader of dark mysteries, this book was a complete washout!
Barcelona Crime Fiction Aug 16, 2006
Gimemez-Bartlett is one of Spain's premier crime writers. This is one of her books centered around Barcelona police inspector Petra Delicado. She is a strong, smooth character well-matched with her slightly rotund and bachelor partner. A cast of quirky characters, a glimpse of the underside of Barcelona through the investigation of a murder linked to a dog theft ring. What makes foreign fiction tough sometimes is the quality of the translation, and in this case the translation is solid and gives the text a sparse, noir quality. This book is 10 years old and just came out in English, and I hope we see more of her work in English in the future.