In the Mail: Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery

*This was inadvertently buried in the Mail pile and wanted to make you aware of it

Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery (Pepe Carvalho Mysteries)

Publishers Weekly

Those who prefer getting inside characters’ heads to figuring out whodunit will enjoy this mystery in Montalbán’s series featuring food-loving PI Pepe Carvalho (Buenos Aires Quintet, etc.), first published in Spain in 1976. When the corpse of an unknown man with the words Born to Raise Hell in Hell tattooed on his shoulder surfaces off the Barcelona coast, Ramón Freixas, a hair salon owner, asks Carvalho to investigate. For reasons he doesn’t share with the gumshoe, Freixas wants the victim identified. The tattoo’s trail takes the detective to Amsterdam, where he figures out the murder was related to the drug trade. Carvalho’s cynicism (he divides the world into those who go to jail and those who might go to jail) will make him a familiar figure to hard-boiled devotees. The final twist will appeal to readers comfortable with some ambiguity.
Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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