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Tão cativante quanto assustador. Uma mistura de CSI com Jack, o Estripador, na Barcelona do início do século XX.Barcelona, 1912. Há crianças a desaparecer. Quando um cadáver é encontrado numa viela estreita, dilacerado e sem um pingo de sangue, surgem rumores bizarros sobre um «vampiro» que se move pelas sombras da cidade e que anda a roubar as almas dos inocentes.Para a pTão cativante quanto assustador. Uma mistura de CSI com Jack, o Estripador, na Barcelona do início do século XX.Barcelona, 1912. Há crianças a desaparecer. Quando um cadáver é encontrado numa viela estreita, dilacerado e sem um pingo de sangue, surgem rumores bizarros sobre um «vampiro» que se move pelas sombras da cidade e que anda a roubar as almas dos inocentes.Para a polícia trata-se apenas de mais um cadáver, num lugar onde a morte e o crime são tão frequentes que se tornaram banais. E quanto às crianças desaparecidas, ninguém quer saber dos filhos das prostitutas que povoam Barcelona.Mas para o inspetor Moisès Corvo um polícia rude e dissoluto, com um sexto sentido peculiar este é um mistério que tem de ser resolvido, com um criminoso que afinal é uma mulher.Gótico e chocante, "A Mulher Má" revela um mundo macabro, uma história verídica que nos faz duvidar de um dia ter realmente existido uma mulher tão pérfida, capaz de crimes tão monstruosos. Um livro assombroso que agarrará o leitor da primeira à última página....

Title : A Mulher Má
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ISBN : 9789898626561
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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A Mulher Má Reviews

  • Marc Pastor
    2018-12-07 02:17

    This is mine, so why not a 5 stars review?!

  • Dani Jade
    2018-11-26 06:27

    I purchased this book a little while ago through "Blind Date With a Book" - the clues (keywords? Descriptions?) on the front read:- Gothic technicolor- Barcelona- Gripping- Gruesome- Macabre- EvilWhilst I do agree with all these statements, I also think they kind of make it sound more exciting than it actually is. It's not a bad book, but something about the way it was written made me feel very detached from it all. I didn't care about anyone or anything in it. Just wasn't into this one.I'd recommend this to those who like their historical/crime books more factual and less... emotional, for lack of a better word, I suppose.

  • F.R.
    2018-11-19 23:15

    How reliable a narrator would death be? One can’t help thinking that he would be self-serving and only interested in the darkest parts of the story. Surely he’d concentrate on his job, his calling, more than anything else and although that is undoubtedly interesting in a thriller, it’d mean he’d miss many of the beauties of life. Here death is like a trickster god, omnipotent (as of course death would know the end of every story) and constantly amused. He even does some investigating, questioning witnesses on background. Occasionally in those interrogations he’s lied to, but those are minor lies and when it matters he’ll always extract the truth. There’s no way to hide from death, no way to avoid death and because he is everywhere this book is suffused with death. Murders and death are of course the butter and bread of thrillers, but a book so entwined with The Grim Reaper can’t fail but be somewhat suffocated, so you just wish that death would step aside so you can throw open the windows and let in some light and air.A police procedural combined with gruesome horror, with a sprinkling of magic realism. Set in Barcelona in 1911, the book manages to be distinctly Spanish whilst also self-consciously calling back to the London of a generation before. This is a Barcelona of pea-soupers and hansom cabs, where one of the policeman takes the pseudonym Lestrade while dissing Sherlock Holmes. What we have here then is a world in which a Jack the Ripper would thrive.A female serial killer preys on children and, even though the officials higher up say there are no crimes, two inspectors investigate relentlessly. It’s a tense book, an atmospheric book, but one which sometimes runs away from the author, so twists come out of nowhere and then straight head back to nowhere, and characters who seemed important have somewhat abrupt endings. It’s gritty and it revels in darkness, but what can you expect when you let death tell the tale?

  • Raven
    2018-11-11 04:09

    Originally entitled La Mala Dona – The Evil Woman – Barcelona Shadows fictionalises the real events of 1911-1912 involving the serial disappearance of young children. Drawing on his own experiences as a crime scene investigator, Pastor is well placed to produce more than one shiver down his readers’ spines, as he recounts the events of these sinister disappearances, and the fears of the community that a real life vampire walks amongst them in this compelling and unsettling novel. With more than a nod to the penny dreadful genre of 19th century literature, and scattered with references to Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allen Poe, you are instantly drawn into this dark story, overseen by the omnipresent narrator of Death himself, and what a tale it is…This book pulls no punches from the opening bodysnatching scene, with a dark jibe at the use of a headless corpse, which did appeal to my dark sense of humour. There are children playing with bones, overstuffed flies that have feasted on bodies, details of autopsies, with a good coating of the visceral nature the crimes themselves. There are beautifully Dickensian-esque characters that lodged in my imagination as toothless stinking ragbags with glorious names such as One Eye and Blackmouth and the insane Doctor von Baumgarten with his creepy medical investigations. Cleverly, in his depiction of the main detectives, the charming womaniser Corvo and his earnest counterpart Malsano, there was a nod to the more contemporary motifs of crime fiction, as they endeavour to solve the disappearances and subsequent murders under the gaze of an idiotic boss, with more than a dash of sardonic wit a la Montalbano or Rebus. I really took to this crime fighting duo, in particular Corvo, described as no longer a defender of good folk as toughened by his experiences as he no longer believes in good folk and as an old dog, grim-faced and filled with vices, but with a tenacious zeal for clearing the streets of scum, but at what personal cost to himself? The perpetrator of the crimes in the book, the hypnotically chilling and manipulative Enriqueta, takes on all the childhood nightmare inducing qualities of Baba Yaga or the gingerbread house dwelling witch of fairytale tradition, and equally frightening to think that in the real life case that Pastor draws on that the chief suspect in the child snatching was indeed a woman. As her madness intensifies during the book, ably supported by three dim-witted men bowing to her every whim, the plot twists and turns, transporting the reader along effortlessly as more horrors are unveiled at every turn.I think that there is a specific intention by Pastor for the city to assume a character of its own in the book, and the depiction of the grinding poverty and the population’s propensity for an unerring superstitious belief all adds to the very atypical 19th century feel of the book, as the setting is so resonant of the industrial geography of Northern England and even London itself. Barcelona is referred to in phrases such as ‘a city of mask and lies’, and equally as a coldhearted being that, ‘keeps pretending nothing is going on’. There is a feel itself that the city is endeavouring to thwart the investigations of the police, and keep its dark and dirty shadows filled with fear for the general populace. The well-crafted descriptions of the city itself all add to the overall disturbing nature of the book and the crimes contained within it and achieved for me a narrative equally on a par with the psycho-geographic mastery of writers such as Peter Ackroyd with Hawksmoor or Iain Sinclair’s Slow Chocolate Autopsy…I concede that this dark tale, populated by a cast of grotesques and infused with a visceral wit, may not be to everyone’s taste, but it really tapped into the dark imaginings of the human psyche. All in all, a clever, parodic novel that will appeal to those who actively search out something different within the crime genre and an entirely satisfying read at that.

  • Paulo Pires
    2018-11-21 06:36

    « Começam a desaparecer crianças em Barcelona, e a população entra em pânico. Numa altura onde a pobreza extrema, e a tuberculose são características mais que acentuadas.O inspector Moisés Corvo, que perdeu dois filhos, parece ser um dos poucos que se sente incomodado com o caso e promete não dar tréguas ao responsável.Intensamente perturbador ... É um livro que toca o leitor, pelas descrições, pelo retrato vivido da maldade e insensibilidade humana no seu estado mais cru. Pelo retrato incrível de uma sociedade pobre e sofrida.Junta-se neste livro uma elevada qualidade literária e uma história macabra. Para mim o facto de esta história ter uma base real, acentua e intensifica o seu valor.A escolha do narrador foi inteligente, escolher a própria morte para nos contar esta história, brilhante ... É de notar que para acentuar a maldade de Henriqueta e a sua insensibilidade, até a morte, insensível e implacável por natureza consegue mostrar resquícios de humanidade durante o livro.Outra mais valia deste livro foi a caracterização do inspector Moisés. Onde a as qualidades se misturam e fundem com os seus defeitos e lhe dão uma dimensão extraordinária e contextualizada na história. A sua determinação e obsessão são ricas, tal como as referências literárias que são utilizadas ao longo do livro.Terá o conto Hansel e Gretel (ou João e Maria), "dos Irmãos Grimm", alguma base na história de Enriqueta Martí? O conto de Hansel e Gretel, embora frequentemente atribuído aos irmãos Grimm, são na realidade histórias que vinham da sabedoria popular. Não esqueçamos, que a história foi adornada (suavizada) ao longo dos tempos. Seja como for, as analogias são muitas...Os amantes do género literário policial, têm aqui uma obra notável, de grande qualidade literária e que promete, em doses iguais, cativar e chocar o leitor. Leitura obrigatória, com a pequena ressalva (minha) que (...)»Ler mais em:Opinião: A Mulher Má de Marc Pastor |Livros e Marcadores

  • Clube dos Livros
    2018-12-07 23:31

    LINK: até Barcelona gótica e seus bairros em inícios do sec.XX, vamos conhecer a história da malvada Enriqueta Martí.Vamos ao longo do livro conhecendo as nossas personagens, mas o fica em: Moisès Corvo (o inspector), Enriqueta (a demoníaca) e Bocanegra (miúdo cúmplice/assistente).Começam por haver alguns relatos de desaparecimentos de crianças, contudo são abafados, ou colocados em 2º plano por se tratarem de filhos de prostitutas. Sim, Marc Pastor leva-nos à Barcelona imunda e miserável, e à Barcelona dos ricos e influentes daquela mesma época.Acompanhamos o dia a dia do trabalho do inspetor Moisès, que se nota que respeito pela autoridade não é de todo algo enraizado ainda na época, e que como este frequenta as "meninas" a cada dia que passa vai ouvindo relatos que lhe vão despertando o seu interesse no estranho caso e o afundando no mesmo. Bocanegra é uma personagem estranha, um miúdo de rua, fácil de "comprar" com um íntimo malévolo, instintos de violador e assassino, e dono de um espírito sofredor e ainda um pouco tonto, mas que vai ser visto como uma excelente peça para os planos da senhora.Esta, Enriqueta (mulher que existiu realmente e que praticou actos macabros e perturbadores), é alguém cheia de mistérios, uma autêntica psicopata, que vem das ruas da prostituição que se junta com homens ricos e que acaba na elite a desfilar e morar no luxo de Barcelona, encoberta pela classe alta cheia de vícios estranhos e inimagináveis. É fria, assustadoras, temível, vampírica, vulto, vil, etc... É desta forma que o autor nos implanta Enriqueta na nossa cabeça, através das suas descrições.Todo o livro contem passagens e detalhes do género de uma investigação, devido aos pormenores escritos. Não é massudo e lê-se muito bem. Leitura para um dia de praiaAh, o livro dispõe de fotos e mapas com dados e excertos de jornais da época, são um bom auxílio.Gostei de livro, foi um bocado perturbador (porque não sou nenhum canibal, nem conheço nenhum) e isso foi assim chocante, mas sendo que ela existiu e que neste mundo há de tudo, só avalio o autor e a sua ideia de recriar esta história que faz parte do passado da sua cidade. Foi bom saber que naquela cidade gótica que tanto gosto, naqueles bairros havia alguém assim que pagou pelo que fez.Não tenho muito mais a dizer, senão de que se gostam de Barcelona e querem lá ir em breve, leiam o livro e vão aos locais que podem encontrar marcados no mapa.

  • El Biblionauta
    2018-12-01 06:26

    Avui en dia, el nom de Marc Pastor és de sobres conegut pels amants del gènere fantàstic (i m’atreviria a dir que també per bona part dels que no són lectors habituals d’aquest gènere) i gaudeix d’una merescuda reputació, tant en llengua catalana com (cada vegada més, també) en llengua castellana. I en d’altres. Només cal donar un cop d’ull al nombre de llibres venuts i a les crítiques del seu últim llibre, Farishta (2017), per adonar-nos que això és així. Ara bé, aquesta envejable condició segurament té molt a veure amb la repercussió que va tenir ja fa força anys (2008) el segon dels seus llibres, el que ressenyem precisament avui: La mala dona.La ressenya sencera en català a reseña completa en español en

  • Maria Arazo
    2018-11-10 02:16

    Era inevitable que no arribés al cap de setmana, amb el ritme de lectura que he portat. Que tampoc he llegit tant, però quan una va de cul i porta unes quantes setmanes sense obrir un llibre té un cert mèrit llegir-se dues-centes pàgines en un parell de dies. Mèrit no per mi, sinó per el llibre.Cal dir primer de tot que no sóc una gran lectora de novel·la negra (ella va per un camí i jo per un altre, i són comptades les ocasions en què ens creuem), que em vaig acostar a aquest llibre per curiositat (havia llegit el relat de l'autor a l'antologia de Mañana Todavia, i què vols que et digui, em va semblar genial), i com sol passar en aquests casos no tenia massa idea de què anava la cosa. Era Sant Jordi, portava plovent des del mateix instant en que havia posat un peu al carrer i encara no m'havia comprat cap llibre, així que quan vaig entrar a la Gigamesh hi vaig anar directa (tan directa com es pot anar en una llibreria atapeïda de gent que més que circular descriu trajectòries tancades entorn les estanteries per tal d'estar-s'hi una estoneta més). Doncs bé, no sé a què venia tot això, però el cas és que me'l vaig començar aquella mateixa nit (amb l'excusa de que si llegeixo abans d'anar a dormir després dormo millor) i ja no el vaig deixar.La història en sí té poc que es pugui comentar sense treure-li la gràcia (sempre m'ha semblat absurd comentar l'argument d'una novel·la, especialment quan m'ha agradat), així que com acostumo a fer, em limitaré a dir que m'ha encantat. Primer de tot, perquè la Barcelona que se'ns presenta està meravellosament descrita, acompanyada d'uns personatges encara més ben parits. Però si la recomano és, sobretot, per un segon motiu: que està molt ben escrita, coi.

  • Kitty-Wu
    2018-11-30 05:16

    Novel·la negra, negríssima, que relata, amb la Mort com a narradora, la Barcelona de començaments del segle XX i els crims de l’Enriqueta Martí, més coneguda com la vampira del Raval. En forma de novel·la policíaca, amb la introducció del fascinant personatge d’en Moisès Corvo com a investigador, Marc Pastor ens mostra la part més fosca d la Barcelona de primers de segle, en una història inspirada en els fets reals dels crims del carrer de Ponent. Tortura, segrestos, assassinat, pedofília, canibalisme, proxenetisme i un munt d’horrors més corren a càrrec de “La Mala Dona”. No apte per a sensibles.

  • Rich
    2018-11-18 22:07

    Chickbait title: YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS WOMAN IS CAPABLE OF TO STAY YOUNG!On how to compare: This is American horror story: catalan edition ;PReview: In a world before the tv series "Penny Dreadful" or "Ripper Street", Marc Pastor gives you an interesting case for Inspector Moisès Corvo in a dusty, shady Barcelona.Bold Narration. Addictive. Specially recommended for those in love with steampunk London and little doses of fantasy.O, millor dit en català... QUE BEN PARIDA ESTÀ AQUESTA NOVEL.LA! :D

  • Alexander Páez
    2018-11-17 23:36

    5 estrellas bien merecidas. Habrá reseña en el blog, es un libro que tengo ganas de comentar. Desarrollo de personajes brutal. Aunque me esperaba más sangre y violencia (la hay, y mucha) me he quedado bastante satisfecho en ese sentido. Una novela muy negra que pone de escenario la Barcelona de principios de 1900. Cabe destacar el narrador y a Moisès Corvo.Me declaro fan de Marc Pastor.------------------5 estrelles ben merescudes. Hi haurá ressenya al blog ja que és un llibre del qual tinc ganes de comentar. Desenvolupament de personatges brutal. Tot i que m'esperava més sang i fetge (n'hi ha, i molta) m'he quedat prou satisfet en aquest sentit. Una novel·la molt negre que posa d'escenari la Barcelona de principis de 1900.Cal destacar el narrador i a Moisès Corvo.Em declaro fan de Marc Pastor.

  • IsabelAlmeida (Os Livros Nossos)
    2018-12-02 04:13

    Uma obra prima. Crítica em breve!

  • Edgar Argelich
    2018-11-24 22:07

    L'originalitat de Marc Pastor és absolutament fascinant. La Mort mateixa, com a criatura omniscient i omnipresent que és, és la narradora d'aquesta història, cosa que m'ha encantat moltíssim. I si a això li afegeixes una novel•la negra situada a principis del segle XX a Barcelona, sobre el nostre Jack The Ripper / Dracula particular, la vampiressa del Raval i li sumes l'estil trepidant i passa-pàgines de l'autor et surt una mescla explosiva. L'únic però que li posaria és que de vegades certs passatges del narrador, sobretot quan la mort es posa a entrevistar els coneguts de la vampiressa, se't fan un xic confusos.De totes formes, és indiscutible que Pastor amb "La mala dona" ha escrit una novel•la excel•lent, una altra demostració que a casa nostra també es pot fer bona literatura.

  • Maria
    2018-11-16 01:10

    1912. Na sombria cidade de Barcelona anda a desaparecer crianças. Mas é quando um cadáver de um homem aparece numa viela, sem um pingo de sangue, começam a surgir rumores de que há um monstro por perto, que se pode assemelhar a um vampiro...As crianças, na sua maioria filhas de prostitutas continuam a ser relegadas para segundo plano. São invisíveis aos olhos da maioria e mesmo a polícia não se mostra muito interessada em resolver tamanho mistérios. Todos excepto o inspector Moisès Corvo que não descansa enquanto não descobrir o paradeiro das crianças desaparecidas.Com o decorrer das investigações o investigador sombrio Corvo vai fazer uma descoberta surpreendente. O mostro que assola as ruas e vielas de Barcelona não é um homem como a maioria pensa, mas sim uma mulher.Baseado em factos reais A Mulher Má relata alguns dados sobre a vida de Enriqueta Martí, uma mulher odiosa e pérfida, que matava crianças a seu bel prazer para comer os seus órgãos e para fazer inclusive mezinhas.Opinião completa:

  • Lene
    2018-12-07 05:35

    Brilhante! 5 estrelas em 5, sem a menor dúvida! Para quem gosta das grandes referências de terror e de mistério, este livro é obrigatório! Fiquei apaixonada pela personagem principal, o Inspector Moisès Corvo, e por todo o enredo sinistro (inspirado em factos reais) que decorre em Barcelona, no início do século XX. Sente-se a atmosfera pesada de segredos a cada página, há um quê de Poe na estrutura da história, e palpitamos com as descrições acutilantes que o autor nos fornece... Adorei!

  • beco
    2018-12-02 06:21

    Increíble historia muy bien escrita, no tarda en engancharte. Me encantó la figura y perspectiva de la voz narradora, un buen twist a la voz omnipresente.Negra como una historia de vampiros (reales o no) debe de ser, sin exageraciones.Fue un gran gusto volver a caminar por Barcelona, acá, la Barcelona de principios de siglo XX.

  • Ben Sullivan
    2018-12-01 04:22

    Protagonist and narrator = awesome. Would've liked to have seen Moises explored further.Didn't care too much for the other characters, didn't get to know them enough. All in all a solid short read, glad I picked it up.

  • Jordi J
    2018-12-03 03:23

    Feia molt de temps que no llegia una negra i m’ha agradat molt. A més a més genuinament barcelonina. El darrer terç del llibre trepidant.

  • Ana Rodrigues
    2018-11-22 23:09

    Fiquei-me pela página 78, não consegui ler mais...Detestei a linguagem utilizada ao longo do livro.Compararem ao Zafon é uma ofensa!!!

  • Whimsies & Words
    2018-12-05 06:19

    Chills & thrills: Historical noir meets crime fiction in Marc Pastor’s Barcelona ShadowsMarc Pastor’s Barcelona Shadows is a gruesome psychological thriller set in the filthy, ghoulish underbelly of Barcelona at the turn of the twentieth century. This Barcelona is a dark, sophisticated home of horrors. She is “an old lady with a battered soul” and from under her skirts emerges a fearsome sociopathic serial-killer.The novel begins in a graveyard, in a city abuzz with rumours of disappearing children and bodies drained of blood; a monster is hunting on Detective Moises Corvo’s turf and“Corvo is a dog – no-one pisses in his territory”.Our narrator, an omnipresent yet humanised formulation of death, is beautifully used to introduce us to the perpetrators – and add ironic levity to a chilling tale. The dynamic between death and detective is itself a motif that carries through the novel. Death has developed an unlikely fondness for the cop-“I like Corvo: we know each other so well, when we look into each other’s eyes I know he understands me. He respects me, but he doesn’t take me too seriously, and that makes me feel at home, because I’m not always welcome everywhere”. Detective Corvo is something of a cliché cop, tall and barrel chested, impatient, impertinent, proud and obstinate. A womanising alcoholic thug. Racist, sexist and deeply prejudiced, he’s credible, he gets things done, he’s almost (unfathomably) endearing. Balancing out the banality of such a cop, is the villain he is up against; Enriqueta Marti is a completely remorseless predator, she defies expectations and is constantly challenging both the reader and the plot. Her heinous acts are all the more disturbing for being based on an actual case.If Enriqueta, who pimps out, brutalizes, eviscerates and cannibalises her young victims, were not chilling enough, there’s more. She has a paedophile for a husband, a necrophiliac for a sidekick, her father as an accomplice and an array of depraved officials shielding her from justice. The investigation will take us to brothels, bars, casinos, back alleys and the bottom of a well. It’s a galloping tale, but it’s not gratuitous…sort of delicately disturbing.The book works because the characters are captivating, but it is remarkable because of the morbid poesie of Pastor’s prose. From the offset startling, off-hand remarks transport us into his ghoulish universe with an ever present twist of humour:“He looks inside the corpse’s neck and finds more life there than he was expecting. He searches through the entire coffin for the head”.The story is vivid and violent and the squalor leaves a real taste on your tongue.Corvo’s race against the clock, as child after child is snatched, makes for a gripping read. But the book wasn’t without drawbacks- the opening sequence is pretty clunky and death’s voice is at times a touch disingenuous. You’ll have to get past many a dated assertion and the inconsistent switches in narration as Death moves from one body to another. All the same that may have actually added texture to the experience. The real distraction was the translation.Mara Faye Lethem’s translation from the Catalan is often clumsy, and sometimes lazy. Phrases like “it would behove you to start remembering” and “no one is sure that whom they’ve lived with for years, whom they’ve considered a neighbour, isn’t now an enemy” cut right into the flow of the narrative. And direct translations such as “ ‘Don’t move’ He whispers, dragging his ‘s’s ” are a little below par for a publishing house as accomplished as Pushkin Press.Fortunately Pastor’s carefully crafted tale is rich enough in style and substance to rise above this; it’s definitely worth a read for those who don’t mind a morbid adventure. If we’re lucky Pushkin could tidy it yet…Whose taste buds/what next? This is a good bet for most crime lovers, if not for the faint hearted. I like my crime fiction dark and twisted – Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson, Tami Hoag – and I’m thrilled to have discovered Pastor. Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole also fits the dirty cop trope, and the early English translations are the best- The Devil’s Star, The redeemer and The Leopard are real crackers (Cockroach and Police left something to be desired…)The historical dimension allows the story to rely on characters, most notably Corvo, rather than CSI technology. In this way Corvo is something of an echo of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret.... Find more details, links and suggestions at

  • Matthew Gray
    2018-11-14 22:23

    Well, what can I say? The biggest surprise of the year so far for me. Originally published under the title of La Mala Dona in Catalan, this is a tightly plotted literary murder mystery with a jaded detective, a compelling serial killer, and a narrator to leave Zusak quaking in his boots. Incorporating the detective elements of Conan Doyle, mixed with the macabre darkness of Poe, this is one novel I implore all to read. Barcelona, 1911, and the city is in a state of fear and poverty. Despite the churches on every corner there is a monster lurking, stealing children in the night and draining their bodies of blood. The 'Vampire of Barcelona' is very much real, and author Marc Pastor uses his extensive years as a Crime Scene Investigator, coupled with an uncanny knack for period detail and atmosphere, to provide a fictional tale of one of Spain's most illustrious Serial Killers: Enriqueta Martí. Inspector Moisés Corvo is truly compelling, although completely fictional. He drinks, he smokes, he hires prostitutes, oh, and he is married. While some say this level of Detective character has become somewhat cliched in recent years, with the hardboiled genre being well and truly trodden, Pastor makes him believable, given his surroundings. The plot opens with the narrator making himself known. 'Now I'm the voice inside your skull.' This opening line really does sum up where the novel takes us, and this is a great device used to full effect. Death is present at all moments of this novel, and he speaks with an eerie sense of all-knowing dread, and speaks of events to come, gives us insight where the present characters have none. Death even has the ability to possess living woulds, and so can interact with other characters, who, we feel, sometimes sense that there is really nothing alive behind the eyes. The novel is strongest when we are treated to Martí going about her killings, along with her young vagrant pauper assistant, the brilliantly named Blackmouth, who is just as vile and horrid as Martí, but we sympathise with him, because he is a boy who looks up to this woman, and feels safe around her, in a a city which shows no mercy to anyone.Barcelona itself is beautifully realised, and you can tell that Pastor adores the city, with lovingly crafted descriptions of the squalid streets, the decrepit inhabitants and the sinister events going on behind closed doors. One particularly harrowing scene, which almost caused me to spit out my coffee, involved Martí and Blackmouth attempting to buy a young child from a lady of the night, and when she is refused, and asked to leave, things take a sudden dark edge, an event which will leave even the most hardened horror reader to shudder.I am really annoyed that this is the only novel of Pastor's to have been translated into english. My Catalan may not be great, but give me his manuscripts and I'll give translation a bloody good attempt.I have the great pleasure of being able to meet Marc very soon, when I'll be able to find out more behind

  • Amanda
    2018-11-24 04:18

    CSI meets Jack the Ripper in early 20th century Barcelona: captivating, scary and genre-breaking.In 1917, Barcelona's infamous Raval district is alive with outlandish rumours. A monster is abducting and murdering young children. The police are either powerless to prevent his terrible crimes,or indifferent to them, since they concern only the sons and daughters of prostitutes. But Inspector Moises Corvo is determined to stop the outrages, and punish their perpetrator. His inquiries take him on a tour of the Catalan capital,through slum, high-class brothel and casino, and end in a stomach-turning revelation.Barcelona Shadows is based on a true story, found by Barcelona CSI Marc Pastor in the archives of the Barcelona police.I discovered this book by chance. I happened to switch over to BBC News 24 and caught an interview with Marc Pastor discussing this book and how its the first to be translated into English for the English language market. I was also drawn to the author as he is a working Spanish police officer and I knew that with that kind of insight this would be a great read and I was not disappointed. The story is stomach turning when its revealed what its about and of course when you also acknowledge that this is based on a true story..quite chilling.I don't know anyone who has read the original Spanish version but I was impressed with the language used in the English version, very rich and descriptive. I'd like to know what a Spanish reader thought of it but I guess that will not happen any time soon.Take note this is not an easy subject matter and of course it will offend some people but I absolutely LOVED it.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-10 23:07

    Having seen a review of this on News 24's books of the year I was really looking forward to an historical crime novel based on a true event at the turn of 20th century by an author who had worked in policing. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. I found the first half particularly slow going and I was not engaged by characters who I could see were potentially fascinating. Thus the perpetrator of horrific murders in the slums of Barcelona is a very scary person who I should of been hypnotised by but I felt a little apart from emotionally and not worried by. The detective was classically tough and interesting but we don't stay long enough with him to really warm to him. Bizarrely I felt this book needed about a 100 extra pages to allow the reader to appreciate the main players better. Perhaps as well having death as a narrator of scenes did not sit well and didn't add to the story for me. Saying all that I loved the ending and applaud the bravery of the last few pages and certainly parts of it were very good such as a scene in a casino and the final hunt. Bit mixed then which is a shame but I'm sure others have loved it and I can see why.

  • Sónia
    2018-11-20 03:30

    Se gostei da sinopse, mais ainda gostei da referência, na capa, "Para fás de Carlos Ruiz Zafón". Um dos livros deste autor figura entre o top ten dos meus favoritos e digo já que não encontrei semelhanças. Só se queriam referir a nacionalidade dos autores e a cidade onde decorre a acção... Portanto, se alguém for à procura de semelhanças com o autor de "A Sombra do Vento" sai defraudado, como eu.Estória confusa, com muitas personagens, com avanços e recuos na acção que conseguem deixar "perdido" quem já se sentiu defraudado. A isso já fiz menção.Referências ligeiras a vampiros (detesto literatura onde se fala em tais bicharocos e isso também pesa na minha opinião), ambientes macabros, crimes ainda piores que macabros ("canibalismo" envolvendo crianças) e, como cereja no todo do bolo, perpetrados por uma mulher. Definitivamente, este tipo de leitura não é a minha praia.. Se há coisa que mexe profundamente comigo é criminalidade com crianças, seja de que ordem for.A cotação positiva que deixei vale meramente pela pesquisa que o autor fez, ou seja, a obra é baseada em factos reais. Um mal nunca vem só, realmente...

  • Sebastian Rusu
    2018-11-18 00:21

    Right. I must say that I really hated this book and I keep wondering why I did persisted to read it to the end. In English it sounds terribly clunky, the story is full of plot holes and loose ends, barely understandable and plain stupid. I am wondering however if some of the awfulness is because of a poor translation - might be, as many expressions just doesn't sound right in English but could potentially work in colloquial Catalan. I think that it wants to appear shocking and it is in parts but mostly just dragging, boring and uninteresting despite the relatively interesting premise. Don't waste your time with it.

  • Isa-janis
    2018-11-25 05:13

    La novela es redonda y no solo está maravillosamente escrita, sino que te deja con el pecho abierto, sin anestesia ni nada. Jodidamente brutal, sin pelos en la lengua, pero sin ser descarada, todo el contrario. Marc Pastor juega muy bien con la incomodidad del lector para hacerle sentir y te metes muy dentro de la novela. Puntos extra por los personajes y por ese punto de vista narrativo que le da el toque a la novela. (Y ese final, ese jodido final).

  • Stephen Goldenberg
    2018-12-05 23:14

    A strange, gruesome novel based on an actual serial child murderer in Barcelona the early 1900s. The conceit of having Death as the narrator works well especially at the end. Although it's very readable, it lacks tension partly because we know who the murderer is from the start. The police investigation is also not that gripping until near the end. However, there's an interesting cast of characters and a well described general atmosphere of evil. The lead detective is a somewhat stereotyped middle aged man with a messed up private life but still held my interest.

  • Jc
    2018-12-04 05:35

    La historia es poco creíble aunque fuera basada sobre hechos reales. La mujer que secuestra niños para beberse la sangre o darlos a pederastas!?! Esto pasa en la Barcelona de 1910 no en África. El libro difícil de leer porque nada te avisa cuando se cambia de personaje, de sitio o de tiempo; es otro parágrafo como los precedentes. Quizás porque es un e-book? De vez en cuando el autor utiliza la primera persona y no se sabe quien habla: el diablo? El narrador?

  • Xavier
    2018-12-07 22:13

    Un dels llibres d'autor català que més m'han colpit darrerament. Una novel·la de primer ordre per un dels escriptors més prometedors del panorama literari contemporani.Això sí, llegiu-lo ben asseguts, és una font de dessassossec constant. No us el perdeu.

  • Judy Abbott
    2018-11-13 02:13

    KARANLIK BARSELONAEsen Kitap yayınladı,Editör : Algan SezgintürediOkuduğum en tüyler ürpertici polisiyelerden biri.detaylı inceleme :