This crime novel takes place over five days in a stifling, Barcelona summer. It begins with the return of Inspector Hector Salgado from a visit to his birthplace in Buenos Aires. He was sent away "on holiday" after an incident where he violently attacked a member of a gang involved in human trafficking of young girls. Although his resignation was refused, it is clear that the incident has not gone away and, at a lose end, his superior asks him to look into the case of nineteen year old Marc Castells Vidal, son of a prominent business and future politician, who fell from a balcony window to his death. As Salgado investigates, along with the engaging and promiscuous Leine Castro, they uncover more than they bargained for, in what was considered a straightforward accident.
Both Salgado and Castro have personal issues in this novel, which is extremely atmospheric, well written, slightly menacing and very disturbing. Salgado's issues with his last case follow him and his investigation in Marc's death leads him back into the past and the death of a young girl. This author is not afraid of tackling really hard hitting issues: parental abandonment, drugs, peer pressure, abuse and violence are all involved in this intelligent and thought provoking read. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly read more by this author as this is a fantastic start to a series.