Two detectives, brothers Borja and Eduard, are contracted by best-selling author Teresa Solana to research the world of so-called alternative therapies. They enrol for a course at Zen Moments, an exclusive meditation centre in the ritziest part of Barcelona, only to discover the director murdered, whacked in the head with a statuette of the Buddha. The violent death of a neighbour - who happens to be a CIA agent - simultaneously drags them into an international conspiracy complicated by Borja's attempt to smuggle a priceless Assyrian figurine, the “Lioness of Baghdad”.
In this, the third in her satirical series, Catalan ‘noir' novelist Teresa Solana mercilessly punctures the pretensions of New Age quacks who promote pseudo-science and pseudo-spirituality. At the same time, Solana draws compassionate portraits of characters trying to live ‘ordinary' lives in circumstances that have ceased to be normal, yet still cope with such every day issues as adultery, the menopause and simply surviving to the end of the month.
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 The Sound of One Hand Killing
'Once again people will be calling Solana ‘the Queen of Catalan Noir'. If they are not, they should.' Getting Away With Murder
'Deliberately leaves some loose ends to be followed up in another book and I look forward to it...' Euro Crime
Teresa Solana website