A Review of The Summer of Dead Toys: A Thriller by Antonio Hill

The-Summer-of-Dead-Toys-by-Antonio-Hill2The Summer of Dead Toys: A Thriller (Inspector Salgado)

by Antonio Hill

There is  a lot to like about this exciting new thriller by Mr. Hill. You meet some interesting new characters. You get a feeling of what it must feel like to live in Barcelona. You are kept in the dark about what is really happening until near the end, and then everything begins to unfold and slowly become clear.

The book has some parts that will make you squirm. You may wonder whether Inspector Salgado is really too messed up to continue as a policeman. The action switches locations and characters abruptly, so that at times you aren’t sure who is doing the action or thinking the thoughts. Sometimes you are forced to reread a section just so that you are sure of what is happening. These aren’t complaints, this is just the style that Mr. Hill has decided to use to give the novel its dark, gritty feeling.

You get a feeling that these rather disturbing characters will be back searching though the seamier side of Barcelona looking for more answers to uncomfortable questions, investigating the crimes that want to stay buried, not stopping until the truth is uncovered. This looks like it will be the start of an interesting series.

I give this book 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. I will be looking forward to reading book 2 in this series.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.


Book Description

Release date: June 18, 2013 | Series: Inspector Salgado

A riveting crime thriller set during a sultry Barcelona summer, introducing Inspector Hector Salgado.

Inspector Hector Salgado is a transplanted Argentine living in Barcelona. While working on human trafficking case, Salgado’s violent temper got the best of him and he beat a suspect within an inch of his life.  Ordered on probation, he fled to Argentina to cool off for a few months.

Now he’s back in Barcelona and is eager for another big case.  But his boss has other plans.  He assigns Salgado to a routine accidental death: a college student fell from a balcony in one of Barcelona’s ritzier neighborhoods.  As Salgado begins to piece together the life and world of the victim, he realizes that his death was not all that simple: his teenage friends are either overly paranoid or deceptively calm, and drugs might be involved.  Hector begins to follow a trail that will lead him deep into the underbelly of Barcelona’s high society where he’ll come face-to-face with dangerous criminals, long-buried secrets, and, of course, his own past.  But Hector thrives on pressure, and he lives for this kind of casedark, violent, and seemingly unsolvable.

Gripping, sophisticated, and wickedly entertaining, The Summer of Dead Toys introduces a charismatic new detective and announces Antonio Hill as a new master of the crime thriller.


Product Details

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Crown (June 18, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0770435874

ISBN-13: 978-0770435875

Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


About the Author

Antonio Hill lives in Barcelona. He is a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish and speaks fluent English.

The book description is from Amazon.   The Summer of Dead Toys: A Thriller

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