The Good Suicides: Book summary and reviews of The Good Suicides by Antonio Hill

The Good Suicides

A Thriller

by Antonio Hill

The Good Suicides by Antonio Hill
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2014
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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After a company retreat in a remote country house, senior employees of Alemany Cosmetics return with a dark secret. They've each received an anonymous, menacing email of only two words: "Never forget". What's worse, the message is accompanied by a nightmarish photo attachment showing the bodies of dogs - hung to death from a tree - near the very same farm estate they just visited. When they begin killing themselves, one by one, the connection between the shocking photos and the suicides baffles Barcelona law enforcement and corporate think tanks alike, threatening a terrifying end for everyone involved.

Breaking through the insular power structures of these enigmatic executives isn't easy, but Inspector Salgado has his own ways of making those still alive speak up.  As the clock is ticking before another suicide, Salgado is doing all he can to bring the terror to an end.  Meanwhile, his partner Leire, bored on her maternity leave, remains fixated on Salgado's missing wife, Ruth.  She refuses to give up on a case many - including Salgado - fear is hopeless.

Antonio Hill deftly braids these two stories together for a richly layered and darkly chilling thriller about secrets, cover-ups, and devastating lies.    

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"Starred Review. Rich, nuanced characterizations distinguish Hill's impressive second thriller featuring Barcelona Insp. Hector Salgado." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Stylistically, Hill employs the literary equivalent to what soccer fans call "tiki-taka," the intricate and mesmerizing short passing game used by Spain's national team. It's not easy or straightforward, but The Good Suicides is also mesmerizing." - Booklist

"Hill's atmospheric sophomore entry, a best seller in Spain, should make you double-check your catalog for the first title, The Summer of Dead Toys. The characters are intriguingly complex and the author skillfully pulls the rug out with a flourish at the end." - Library Journal

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Antonio Hill Author Biography

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Antonio Hill, known as Toni, has a bachelor's degree in psychology. He is a Spanish author, who also translates English books. He has translated for authors including David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Glenway Wescott, Rosie Alison, Peter May, Rabih Alameddine and A. L. Kennedy.

The Summer of the Dead Toys is his first novel.

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