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The Encina Project (Varigo 8)

The Encina Project (Varigo 8) [Kindle Edition]

S H Villa

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The story opens with a wedding and a robbery. The real drugs, the counterfeit drugs, the stolen drugs… And so it goes on.

But the real story is about a tree, a Spanish Oak or Encina. Growing slowly over a number of centuries outside the village of Pórrostujar, it is now being threatened by the mayor’s building project for which he has corruptly granted himself permission. What to do? Toby has some bright ideas and Jesús lends him a hand. Tenienta Carmen is drawn into the Encina Project but has to juggle her role as Guardia with that of tree-hugger. There are dire consequences…

El Capo hasn’t given up the idea of punishing that annoying woman – Carmen that is – and assigns two of Granada’s dirtiest Guardia to Varigo, looking for ways to trip her up. Inspector Jefe José Blanco falls for the prostitute Barbara but then finds her murdered. Gheorghe volunteers to help with the investigation and another woman is found beaten by the same man. She is taken to Pórrostujar to keep her safe and puts her talents to use for the Encina Project.

Meanwhile, the villagers still hope to bury their civil war dead and Jesús hopes to bring about a reconciliation between two cousins who haven’t spoken for 70 years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 999 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492337072
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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S H Villa is the pen name of someone who lives in southern Spain. The books are Spanish crime with a difference and feature the world's first healer/sleuth. Jesús, of course. A web site illustrates the books individually, has pages of local colour and Spanish news.

If it is true that our thoughts, our dreams, our imaginations create the world we live in, then it is not surprising to learn that some of the events imagined in these books have later occured. For example, in Volume 3, Smoke & Blow, very near the beginning la Sargenta has found a handwritten list of all the drugs, their prices, and what has been received and paid out to members of the Guadia Civil. That book pre-dates by four years Luis Bárcenas and his handwritten list of all the bribes taken by the Partido Popular (the ruling party in Spain at the moment) and who he paid it to - all high-ranking members of the party currently holding positions of power in the government. Also on the subject of PP corruption, Volume 18, The Mousetrap, was written before the discovery of Bárcenas and also the Gurtel case which has revealed extensive corruption in the PP in Valencia and Galicia. In Volume 17, Mothers, a very positive change occurred after writing about a fictional judge who opened up an archived stolen-baby case. In January 2013 the State Prosecutors' Office really did remove the impediment of the statute of limitations on the cases of stolen babies and set up a special DNA bank for both parents and children of suspected stolen babies.

The books don't just deal with corruption, murder and incompetent Guardia Civil, they are meant primarily as a vehicle for resolving such things and the world's first healer/investigator Jesús de Dios Santos has some unusual ways of going about it. Volumes 14 and 15 in particular tell the story of Opus Dei and child sexual abuse by priests - as rampant in Spain as anywhere else and yet never heard of. Opus Dei and it's influence on supernumeraries and children is dealt with in Volume 17. There are several other 'investigators' in the series, Inspector Jefe José Blanco in Granada, Capitana Carmen Ramírez Paragón in Varigo, Héctor Zumo de Piña in Granada and, of course, Gheorghe Petrescu. The Spanish Civil War comes into Volume 7, Money for Old Dope, and again in Volume 18, The Mousetrap.

The books are written from a Spanish perspective and hopefully give an insight into the Spanish people, Spanish history and Spanish communities. The books also like to wander off - Romania, Perú, México, Ecuador, Morocco are all settings for aspects of the series.

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