Duck Duck Book

4 – death of a nationalist
10.13.2004, 12:03 am
Filed under: fiction

Death of a nationalist / Rebecca Pawel.
New York : Soho, c2003.
[MCL call number: MYSTERY PAWEL; eight copies, no holds]

(It might be good to keep in mind as you read this recommendation that I’m a bit of a mystery junkie.)

Pawel’s debut novel is a mystery set in Spain, just after the Civil War, with a detective I wouldn’t have thought I could easily find sympathetic — Barcelona Guardia Civil sergeant Carlos Tejada Alonso y León. Tejada’s best friend is shot to death on the street, and he naturally assumes the woman standing over the body, who seems like a Red anyway, is guilty. So he shoots her. And then, afterwards he tries to figure out who really killed his friend. Stupid, huh? Well, the book surprised me, I became quite fond of Tejada (facist or no), and I did not guess the ending or the solution. Pawel has since written another book about Tejada, Law of Return, which I found to be just as good; and a third, Watcher in the Pine, is due out next February.


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