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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.

Review:

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

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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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Madrid 1938. Sergeant Carlos Tejada y Leon of Spain's Guardia Civil is a loyal Falangist and a staunch Nationalist. When his best friend, also a guardia, is found dead on Calle Amor de Dios, a woman crouched over the body, he suspects she is responsible. Her execution sets off a chain of events that will change him forever.

Synopsis:

The first in a series featuring Carlos Tejada set in post-Civil War Spain

Synopsis:

Praise for Rebecca Pawel:

"Pawel anchors a tense and exciting story with a terrific and complex plot."-Detroit Free Press

"[Pawel] turns the clock back to 1939 and Madrid's tumultuous past. . . . An intriguing juxtaposition of the political and the personal."-Kirkus Reviews

"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

Madrid 1939. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Len 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.

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 caught kneeling over the body is the killer. But when his doubts are aroused, he cannot help seeking justice.

Synopsis:

A crime thriller set in 1930's Madrid.

About the Author

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

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James Williams, September 14, 2006 (view all comments by James Williams)
Rebecca Pawel is the Alan Furst of the Spanish Civil War mystery novel. She is astonishingly good at conveying a sense of time and place. Postwar Spain under Franco was not a happy place, and the "hunger years" lasted well into the 1960s.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781569473443
Author:
Pawel, Rebecca
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
mystery;fiction;spain;spanish civil war;historical fiction;historical mystery;1930s;crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Soho Crime
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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Product details 280 pages Soho Crime - English 9781569473443 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 , Madrid 1938. Sergeant Carlos Tejada y Leon of Spain's Guardia Civil is a loyal Falangist and a staunch Nationalist. When his best friend, also a guardia, is found dead on Calle Amor de Dios, a woman crouched over the body, he suspects she is responsible. Her execution sets off a chain of events that will change him forever.
"Synopsis" by ,
The first in a series featuring Carlos Tejada set in post-Civil War Spain
"Synopsis" by , Praise for Rebecca Pawel:

"Pawel anchors a tense and exciting story with a terrific and complex plot."-Detroit Free Press

"[Pawel] turns the clock back to 1939 and Madrid's tumultuous past. . . . An intriguing juxtaposition of the political and the personal."-Kirkus Reviews

"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

Madrid 1939. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Len 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.

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 caught kneeling over the body is the killer. But when his doubts are aroused, he cannot help seeking justice.

"Synopsis" by , A crime thriller set in 1930's Madrid.
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