Carme Riera, Venjaré la teva mort [I will avenge your death], 2018, 320 p.
Martyred by the sense of guilt, the former detective Elena Martínez remembers an old case in which she contributed to the condemnation of two innocent people.
2004: the mysterious disappearance of a businessman is only the tip of the iceberg of a dark plot that spreads out its tentacles all over Catalonia. At the request of the family, the young detective Elena Martínez takes over the case. The first clue: a valuable collection of “caganers” [typical Catalan Nativity figure] and a strange obituary.
In the line of Natura quasi morta [her first crime novel], this is a crime novel with a touch of humor in which the “who” is more important than the “how”.
excerpted from Carles Geli’s article in El País:
Instead of “black”, as in Spanish and Catalan crime novels are called “black” novels [novela negra], Riera says she painted this one a “dark gray”.
She says gray because there is a lot of white in the humor. Her protagonist is from L’Hospitalet de Llobregat [next to Barcelona], of Galician orgins, 35 years old, separated, with a Fox Terrier, and who has to investigate the disappearance of a businessman in the Catalonia of 2010 [sic!?]. Between tax evasion, corruption and pedophilia, the protagonist ends up tortured by a feeling of guilt and sunk between pain and vengeance because she contributes to the condemnation of two innocents.
There exists this 2016 post on Carme Riera. This blogger liked the few works of hers that he has read so far.