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Good Suicides
by Antonio Hill
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Crown, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

A follow-on to The Summer of Dead Toys, The Good Suicides (translated by Laura McGloughlin) brings to light more about Héctor Salgado, disgraced inspector of the Barcelona police. A series of suicides that involve employees of one company sets the police and company on edge. It seems as though things started with a training meeting that took place at a remote location.

A horrific piece of evidence is an e-mail showing several dogs hanged from a tree with the message 'never forget.' Each of the eight meeting attendees has been sent this message. The plot is richly layered, and each of the characters has their own story that plays into the mystery.

An additional mystery, carried over from the first novel, is the continuing disappearance of Salgado's ex-wife. A colleague of Salgado tries to discover more clues but is interrupted in her pursuit by the birth of her baby. At the end, we know that that story will continue.

Although a reader starting with this novel will not be at a disadvantage, those who have read the first book will be more attuned to Salgado and his demons as well as the team that surrounds him. This mystery is not as taut as the first one was, and its plot is a bit less robust, but I still can hardly wait for the next one. Barcelona's hard-working inspector fascinates.

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