The Good Suicides
Crown, Jun 17 2014, $26.00
Barcelona PD detective Héctor Salgado remains on suspension for his savage beating of human-trafficking ringleader Dr. Omar (see The Summer of Dead Toys). He also struggles with dealing with his teenage son Guillermo as a single dad following the disappearance of his separated wife Ruth Valldaura; his superiors admonish him to stay out of their inquiry into his estranged mate’s vanishing.
However being the department’s top investigator, once again Héctor returns to work when Alemany Cosmetics employees begin mass suicides following a team-building event and a subsequent message “Never Forget”. At the same time his pregnant police partner Leire Castro, on boring maternity leave, unofficially investigates Ruth’s vanishing; she finds shocking connections to Omar and the “stolen babies.” Héctor and his former lover reporter Lola Martinez Rueda team up on his case.
The second Salgado Spanish police procedural is another strong investigative thriller containing two fascinating inquiries enhanced by insight into the personal lives of the protagonist and his partner. Each case is well done with a sense of societal failure cutting through both of them. Readers will appreciate Antonio Hill’s excellent series.