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Even the darkest night

Cercas, Javier, 1962-2022
Books, Manuscripts
When Melchor goes to investigate the horrific double-murder of a rich printer and his wife in rural Cataluña nothing quite adds up. The young cop from the big city, hero of a foiled terrorist attack, has been sent to Terra Alta till things quieten down. Observant, streetwise and circumspect, Melchor is an also an outsider. The son of a Barcelona prostitute who never knew his father, Melchor rapidly fell into trouble and was jailed at 19, convicted of driving for a Colombian drug cartel. While he was behind bars, he read Hugo's 'Les Misérables', and then his mother was murdered. Admiring of both Jean Valjean and Javert - but mostly the relentless Javert - he decided to become a policeman. Now he is out for revenge, but he can wait, and meanwhile he has discovered happiness with his wife, the local librarian, and their daughter, who is, of course, called Cossette.
Main title:
Even the darkest night / Javier Cercas ; translated by Anne McLean.
London : MacLehose Press, 2022.
352 pages ; 24 cm.
Series title:
Translated from the Spanish.
9781529410006 (hbk)
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