Coinciding with “Crime Novel Week”, La Vanguardia newspaper’s literary supplement “Culturas” presented a few crime novel authors from Barcelona whose stories take place there. One of them, whose latest novel was celebrated and consequently appeared on the supplement’s best-seller list two weeks later, was Andreu Martín (Barcelona, 1949) with Societat Negra [Black Society]. In this novel, based on exhaustive research, Martín novelized the Chinese Mafia acting in a hairdresser’s and a wholesaler’s on Trafalgar street; even before a big money-laundering scandal among Chinese import wholesale traders made the news headlines and showed that reality often goes beyond an author’s. Lilian Neumann describes the novel in her review as a “very well structured” and a “decisive thrust” of an author “who like nobody else talks about losers and mucked ups [?], who gives them language and gestures like nobody else does.”
Martín is a prolific author who besides crime novels also writes movie and TV scripts, plays, and children’s and juvenile literature. His works, as well as his Wikipedia article, still need to be translated into English.