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The Fragility of Bodies - by Sergio Olguin (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 348

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

Author: Sergio Olguin

Language: English

Street Date: October 22, 2019
TCIN: 76619172
UPC: 9781912242191
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-9984


Kirkus: The story is so gripping and Veronica is such a fascinating departure from crime fiction convention--she's 30, Jewish, brazen, and openly flawed--that the book becomes difficult to put down. Also a very good novel about journalism, it's the first instalment of a trilogy. An unusual, intoxicating thriller from Argentina that casts deeper and deeper shadows.

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review: A scalding crime novel set in Buenos Aires. Olgu�n memorably explores the gulf between the haves and have-nots of her city. Readers will hope to see more of the complex Ver�nica.

Financial Times: The late, great foreign correspondent Nicholas Tomalin once opined that a journalist needed three qualities to succeed: "ratlike cunning, a plausible manner and a little literary ability". Ver�nica Rosenthal, the protagonist of Sergio Olgu�n's lively new thriller The Fragility of Bodies, has these in spades. Olgu�n is a fine writer with an easy style, aided by a very readable translation by Miranda France. This is the first of a trilogy featuring Rosenthal. The series has already been turned into a television series and I'm looking forward to the next volume.

CrimeReview: This is an excellent story, well told and translated, which sustains a high level of tension throughout. The reader is well aware of the risks to Veronica and those she co-opts in her research, and these culminate in violent and gripping action. In the background, we have Buenos Aires, with great disparities of wealth and prevalent corruption, but a strong sense of life being lived to the full.

NB Magazine: The Fragility of Bodies is a powerful tale of murder and corruption set in Buenos Aires; it feels troublingly plausible. It will thrill readers with a taste for dark, gritty, real-world crime fiction. This novel is distilled single malt noir, a gripping reflection on the woes and angst of Argentinian society.

SHOTS Magazine: This is how I like my noir fiction: no cops with unlikely hang-ups, no copycat serial killers, no 'here-we-go-again' plots. Olgu�n concentrates instead on villains and victims and several dollops of savage sex.

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