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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429225
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,853,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superbly written blend of fantasy, mystery, and unconventional conventions Nov. 8 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Deftly translated from the original Spanish by Paul Hammond, "A Pretty Face" is an original metaphysical mystery by Rafael Reig set in a kind of alternate universe where in the city of Madrid in 1999 the oil mines have been drained dry, the Spanish Communist party has succumbed to an American army coup making Spain a part of the USA and Anglo the official language. The rich reside in the safety of gated communities, the poor survive where ever and how ever they can. Drug addicts live in fear of genetic engineers who are testing a neuroprotein called K666 which they think might even put an end to death. The story is narrated by Maria Dolores Equibar's tormented ghost after she is murdered. The daughter of the doctor who discovered K666, and with the help of an imaginary sidekick Benito (a randy, one-eyed teenage hero from her series of successful kids novels), Maria's ghost slowly unravels the tangle of events which led to her own violent demise. "A Pretty Face" is a superbly written blend of fantasy, mystery, and unconventional conventions making it a fast paced, unexpectedly conflated, terrifically entertaining read. Also very highly recommended is Rafael Reig's previous sci- fi/detective/western/literary romance/comically detailed novel "Blood On The Saddle".


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