Mala Vida A Novel By Marc Fernandez, Translated by Molly Grogan
Present-day Spain, a time of economic crisis and resurgent populist nationalism. The radical right has just won the election after twelve years of Socialist rule. In the midst of this political upheaval, a series of murders is committed, taking place from Madrid to Barcelona to Valencia. The victims include a politician a real-estate lawyer, doctor, a banker, and a nun. There is no obvious connection between them.

As the country prepares for a return to a certain moral order, radio crime reporter Diego Martin is trying to keep his head above water in anticipation of the expected media purge. When he decides to look into the first murder, he doesn't have the faintest clue that his investigation will lead far beyond his local beat and put his life at risk. For what he uncovers exposes the roots of a national scandal: the theft of babies from the victims of the Franco regime, crimes—never prosecuted—that were orchestrated by now well-connected citizens who will do anything to avoid exposure.
TitleMala Vida
SubtitleA Novel
AuthorBy Marc Fernandez, Translated by Molly Grogan
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published1 January 2019
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.

About the author

Marc Fernandez is cofounder and editor in chief of the magazine Alibi, dedicated to crime fiction. He has been a journalist for sixteen years and for much of that time covered Spain and Latin America. He has co-written several works of true crime. Mala Vida, his first novel, was a finalist the Grand Prix des Lectrices d'Elle. His second, The Guerrilla Social Club, has been published in France. He lives in Paris.

"If Orwell had met Almodovar, he would have written something like this."—Le Point

"Marc Fernandez proves himself to be a fearless storyteller, smartly blending historical fact with a crime fiction plot."—Le Monde, M (the magazine)

"Succeeds diabolically."—Paris Match

"Breathless and chilling."—VSD

"The plot, at the intersection of contemporary politics and history, unfolds with a growing sense of pleasure and exoticism. The characters' color and verve is reminiscent of Almodovar."—Le Progr├Ęs

"Efficacious. Well put-together with just enough humor and bruised feelings: a good read."—Alsace

"Like a cross between a crime novel and reportage, the story of this dark and little known period during the Franco years cries out with truth."—Point de Vue
ISBNs: 9781628727463 978-1-62872-746-3 Title: mala vida category:FIC ISBNs: 9781628727432 978-1-62872-743-2 Title: mala vida category:FIC 
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