Investigators and journalists like those of the past

The publisher’s description:

After a long convalescence from the wounds suffered in a tough body-to-body fight, the commissioner Ruiz is back. She returns on the same day that a man is found dead in the hedges of the Retiro park. It is fall in a strange Madrid where the protests of the “occupy” movement mix with the news of the suicides in a multinational company. The corpse found in the park appears to fit in with this serious labor issue but still something remains unclear. Quicker than she should, the young investigator sees herself drawn into a battle between what her instinct dictates and her health. She and the veteran journalist Luna get trapped in a battle typical of an era of greed and inequality.

Paco Camarasa praises Berna González Harbour’s second novel, Margen de error [Margin of error].  Her first novel, Verano en rojo [Summer in red] focussed on the dark aspects of the Catholic church, this one centers on multinational companies.  The starting point is the apparent suicide by a young concierge of the company “Petrol de France” – one more of an already considerable list of employees of a company in the process of restructuring. The investigator is again María Ruiz, “a policewoman who still believes in what she does”. Who listens to the victim’s mother who doesn’t believe that somebody who just bought an Aston Martin would commit suicide [the reviewer doesn’t explain where a concierge finds the money to buy an Aston Martin, maybe the novel does].  Another protagonist is the journalist Javier Luna, “explaining reality to try and find the truth”. And then there is Tomás, a boring IT specialist, discreet but effective, “a friend of his friends”. The book is described as an “action novel” that narrates the events of a few days without the need for detailed descriptions of the places. Camarasa stresses that it talks about people as human beings in contrast to many human resources departments that only see them as numbers of employees.

Sources: RBAEl País Feb. 18, 2014


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  1. Pingback: Snippet: González Harbour and the hazards of Spanish country roads | literary rambles

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