The shady, accident-prone private detective twins Eduard Martinez and Borja “Pep” Masdeu are back. Another murder beckons, and this time the victim is one of Barcelona's literary glitterati.
Marina Dolç, media figure and writer of best-sellers, is murdered in the Ritz Hotel in Barcelona on the night she wins an important literary prize. The killer has battered her to death with the trophy she has just won, an end identical to that of the heroine in her prize-winning novel.The same night the Catalan police arrest their chief suspect, Amadeu Cabestany, runner-up for the prize. Borja and Eduard are hired to prove his innocence. The unlikely duo is plunged into the murky waters of the Barcelona publishing scene and need all their wit and skills of improvisation to solve this case of truncated literary lives.
Teresa Solana was born in Barcelona in 1962 where she currently lives. A philosopher by training and a fan of the Classical world...
Peter Bush is an award-winning translator who lives in Barcelona. As well as translating Padura's Havana quintet and Solana's Barcelona trio, he has recently translated short story collections by Quim Monzó and Francesc Serés from Catalan and surrealistic satires by Juan Goytisolo and Ramón Valle-Inclán from Spanish.
Praise for A Shortcut to Paradise
'Solana's second novel made me laugh so much the tears soon rolled. She shoots from the hip at the guardians of culture...' El Pais
'A joyful reading. Highly recommended...' Ignacioscribanoblogspot