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Awards

2003 Edgar Award for Best First Novel

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Madrid, 1939. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Léon is a sergeant in the Guardia Civil, a rank rare for a man not yet thirty, but Tejada is an unusual recruit. A former law student and second son of a conservative southern family of landowners, he is an enthusiast for the Catholic Franquista cause, a dedicated, and now triumphant, Nationalist.

This war has drawn international attention. In a dress rehearsal for World War II, fascists support the Nationalists, while Communists have come to the aid of the Republicans. Atrocities have devastated both sides. It is at this moment, when the Republicans have surrendered, and the Guardia Civil has begun to impose order in the ruins of Madrid, that Tejada finds the body of his best friend, a hero of the siege of Toledo, shot to death on a street named Amor de Dios. Naturally, a Red is suspected. And it is easy for Tejada to assume that the woman wearing a red scarf, caught kneeling over the body, is the killer. But when his doubts are aroused, he cannot help seeking justice.

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"Stirring...[A] novel that easily transcends the formulaic crime story." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"An intriguing juxtaposition of the politcal and the personal." Kirkus Reviews

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"Taut and gripping. Death of a Nationalist captures civil war-weary Madrid, from the bomb-blackened buildings to the eerie deserted Metro. Pawel paints the sights, sounds, and hunger of the city with a raw, insightful brush wonderful and rare in a first novel." Cara Black, author of Murder in the Marais

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"With prose as straightforward as an officer's salute, Rebecca Pawel weaves an intriguing tale amid the gloom of war-torn Madrid. It is a humane and moving portrait of a divided people coming to grips with the virtues of enemies and the villainy of friends." Dan Fesperman, Lie in the Dark

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Rising to the position of sergeant in the Guardia Civil, young law student Tejada works to impose order in the ruins of Madrid when his best friend is found murdered, and in the wake of unlikely suspects, he finds himself seeking justice.

Synopsis:

Madrid 1938. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon is a Sergeant in the Guardia Civil, a rank rare for a man not yet thirty, but Tejada is an unusual recruit. The bitter civil war between the Nationalists and the Republicans has interrupted his legal studies in Salamanca. Second son of a conservative Southern family of landowners, he is an enthusiast for the Catholic Franquista cause, a dedicated, and now triumphant, Nationalist. <BR>This war has drawn international attention. In a dress rehearsal for World War II, fascists support the Nationalists, while Communists have come to the aid of the Republicans. Atrocities have devastated both sides. It is at this moment, when the Republicans have surrendered, and the Guardia Civil has begun to impose order in the ruins of Madrid, that Tejada finds the body of his best friend, a hero of the siege of Toledo, shot to death on a street named Amor de Dios. Naturally, a Red is suspected. And it is easy for Tejada to assume that the woman wearing a red scarf, caught kneeling over the body, is the killer. But when his doubts are aroused, he cannot help seeking justice.<BR>

About the Author

Rebecca Pawel is twenty-five years old. She lives in New York City and teaches Spanish in a Brooklyn high school.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569473047
Author:
Pawel, Rebecca
Publisher:
Soho Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Spain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Nationalists
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
2194
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.27 x 1 in .75 lb

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Product details 280 pages Soho Press - English 9781569473047 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Stirring...[A] novel that easily transcends the formulaic crime story."
"Review" by , "An intriguing juxtaposition of the politcal and the personal."
"Review" by , "Taut and gripping. Death of a Nationalist captures civil war-weary Madrid, from the bomb-blackened buildings to the eerie deserted Metro. Pawel paints the sights, sounds, and hunger of the city with a raw, insightful brush wonderful and rare in a first novel."
"Review" by , "With prose as straightforward as an officer's salute, Rebecca Pawel weaves an intriguing tale amid the gloom of war-torn Madrid. It is a humane and moving portrait of a divided people coming to grips with the virtues of enemies and the villainy of friends."
"Synopsis" by , Rising to the position of sergeant in the Guardia Civil, young law student Tejada works to impose order in the ruins of Madrid when his best friend is found murdered, and in the wake of unlikely suspects, he finds himself seeking justice.
"Synopsis" by , Madrid 1938. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon is a Sergeant in the Guardia Civil, a rank rare for a man not yet thirty, but Tejada is an unusual recruit. The bitter civil war between the Nationalists and the Republicans has interrupted his legal studies in Salamanca. Second son of a conservative Southern family of landowners, he is an enthusiast for the Catholic Franquista cause, a dedicated, and now triumphant, Nationalist. <BR>This war has drawn international attention. In a dress rehearsal for World War II, fascists support the Nationalists, while Communists have come to the aid of the Republicans. Atrocities have devastated both sides. It is at this moment, when the Republicans have surrendered, and the Guardia Civil has begun to impose order in the ruins of Madrid, that Tejada finds the body of his best friend, a hero of the siege of Toledo, shot to death on a street named Amor de Dios. Naturally, a Red is suspected. And it is easy for Tejada to assume that the woman wearing a red scarf, caught kneeling over the body, is the killer. But when his doubts are aroused, he cannot help seeking justice.<BR>
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