El protegido

The Protégé | Malpaso, 2015


A noir fiction from start to finish, assembled with clockwork precision, flawless, in which the pace doesn’t let up for an instant.

Jaime looks on as the more or less dependable world in which he has always lived comes crashing down when, all of a sudden, his life takes a murky, brutal turn for the worse. Spurred on by a sense of duty, he kills two individuals (or does he?) in an attempt to escape being swept along by the course of events. Seized by panic and the sense that someone is on his trail, he finds himself drawing on a hitherto unsuspected strength. He will also discover that the woman of his dreams may also be the love of his life.

This is detective fiction at its finest, of the unputdownable sort, the sort that grabs you from page one, but also an unerring account of passion, of the opposing forces of affection and aggression, of the light and dark sides of human behavior. The ProtĂ©gĂ© is noir fiction from start to finish, assembled with clockwork precision, flawless, in which the pace doesn’t let up for an instant. Crafted with mesmerizing prose, the novel conceals a fierce, ironic dissection of a society coming apart at the seams.


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