Marc Pastor, Farishta, 2017, 466 p.
With an exciting starting point, unforeseeable turns of the plot and the imagination of the masters of the fantastic thriller, Marc Pastor’s novel combines intrigue and adventure to catch the readers and hold them tight relentlessly along its pages.
Farishta [a woman], recently turned 18 years old, uninhibited and courageous, has already found the job of her life. It’s the year 1993 and the Russian company Iefremov-Strugatski has hired her to attend the rich families that live in a complex of private islands in French Polynesia, where it was guaranteed to them that they could educate their children without any risk. In this apparent paradise she will find love quickly. But she will also find herself slowly trapped in a series of disturbing events that will question the true nature of her work and the dark business of the powerful people that have hired her. What is the inconfessable mission of these families? Why are they isolated from the world? Have they really sacrificed everything for their kids? In a climate of rising tension, with the certainty of not being able to trust anybody, and with the fear of her life being at stake, there is only one question left for Farishta to answer: is it too late to escape?
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publisher’s author information:
Marc Pastor (Barcelona, 1977) is a criminologist and a culturally dispersed explorer. He fought the Nazis in Montecristo and drew the criminal profile of the vampiress of Barcelona in La Mala Dona [The bad woman], for which he was awarded the crime novel prize Crims de Tinta. With L’any de la plaga [The year of the plague] he warned of the imminent invasion by “ultra-bodies”, and with Bioko he showed us a way to travel in time. He has published short stories in various anthologies, and even though they can be read separately, his fictions complement each other and build a unique universe of their own. His work has been translated to around a dozen languages, among them English, German, Korean, Turkish, Czech or Hungarian. He currently works at the forensics department of the Mossos d’Esquadra [Catalan autonomous region’s police].
Amazon.com lists Pastor’s Barcelona Shadows as available in English.
This book has come up constantly in different news articles throughout the past year, so this blogger has been reminded to present it here, though he is not a fan of fantastic thrillers…
SOURCE: Amsterdam (Ara Llibres, publisher)