Antonio Hill returns with a riveting Barcelona crime thriller, The Good Suicides
Featuring his salty hero Inspector Héctor Salgado
Praise for THE GOOD SUICIDES:
“Extraordinary…The macabre premise is a shocker, but Salgado is the real surprise.” —New York Times Book Review
“[An] absorbing and surprising tale.” —Wall Street Journal
“Rich, nuanced characterizations distinguish Hill’s impressive second thriller featuring Barcelona Insp. Héctor Salgado.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Atmospheric . . . The characters are intriguingly complex, and the author skillfully pulls the rug out with a flourish at the end.” —Library Journal
“Intricate and mesmerizing.” —Booklist (starred review)
Praise for THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS:
“Penetrating, atmospheric . . . The plot is first-rate. . . . Thoroughly compelling.” —Kirkus
“Strong debut . . . Salgado’s rich inner life and Hill’s talents at plotting and prose bode well for a successful series.” —Publishers Weekly
“Excellent characterization, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, and plenty of plot twists, with a cliff-hanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series.” —Guardian
“Hugely impressive . . . Hill’s book seems to have arrived fully formed with confidence and authority, peeling back the skeins of deceit and betrayal in a most satisfying fashion.” —Independent
Following his enthralling debut novel The Summer of Dead Toys, which quickly became an international bestseller and has been translated into fifteen languages, Antonio Hill returns to Barcelona once again in THE GOOD SUICIDES (Crown, June 17, 2014), a gripping mystery featuring his brilliant but acerbic protagonist, Inspector Héctor Salgado.
After a team-building retreat in a remote country house, senior staff at Alemany Cosmetics return with a secret. Each has received an anonymous email with a photo showing dogs hanging dead from a tree near the farm. Now they’re committing suicide, one by one. The connection between the gut-wrenching photos and heartbreaking suicides remains a befuddling mystery—one that racks Barcelona’s executive think tanks and could lead to a frightening end. Deciphering the personalities of these youthful executives and their power structures isn’t easy, but Inspector Salgado has his own ways of making them speak. Meanwhile, Barcelona is suffering from an unusual cold spell and Salgado’s wife, Ruth, is still missing. Salgado must break through the icily furtive layers of this young group in order to save his family, his reputation, and his city.
When Hill first began thinking about the plot for his latest novel he recalled a company in France, France-Télécom, who’d experienced a string of employee suicides (35 employees committed suicide from 2008 to2009). The story received widespread attention and was so alarming that President Sarkozy got involved to try and figure out what was going on (the case was never solved but the suicides were attributed to stress, layoffs, and a demanding company policy). Hill thought a psychological thriller with a company setting could be interesting—how would a group of people who were not related or close friends but who spent an inordinate amount of time together react if their colleagues starting to commit suicide? What could push young executives to feel they had no other way out? How would the leaders of the company react?
With Leo Demidov’s (of Child 44) heart, Mikael Blomkvist’s smarts, and Harry Hole’s instinct, Héctor Salgado has joined the ranks of the genre’s best. Dark, absorbing, and unforgettable, THE GOOD SUICIDES is a captivating detective novel that cements Hill’s new series as a bona fide hit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANTONIO HILL was born in Barcelona in 1966 and is a psychology graduate. He has spent over ten years as a literary translator and editor in various fields. Among others, he has translated David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Glenway Wescott, Rosie Alison, Peter May, Rabih Alameddine, and A. L. Kennedy. In July 2011 his first novel, The Summer of Dead Toys, a commercial and critical success translated into fifteen languages, was published.