The Summer of Dead Toys

Publisher: Anchor Canada
The perfect summer read: A skillfully plotted tale of misdeeds and murder--introducing Inspector Hector Salgado, a detective with a complicated past, a love of cinema . . . and a tendency to violence.
     Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.
     When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city's most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.


 • "The first thing that strikes the reader about Antonio Hill's impressive debut novel is its evocative and atmospheric language. The sense of oppressive heat is ever-present, and the treatment of the sultry city evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative Carlos Ruiz Zafon. . . . A series to watch." --The Independent (UK)
 • "Salgado's rich inner life and Hill's talents at plotting and prose bode well for a successful series." --Publishers Weekly