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Red April

Santiago Roncagliolo Edith Grossman

RRP: £8.99

5 April 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786495402

RRP: £7.99

1 April 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848877924

The priest adjusted a cross hanging on the wall. It was a black cross without the image of Christ. Just a black cross on a grey surface. The prosecutor did not want to think about the cross burned into the forehead of the corpse…

Félix Chacaltana Saldívar is a hapless, by-the-book prosecutor living in a small town, six-hundred kilometers from Lima. Until now he has led a life in which nothing exceptionally good or bad has ever happened to him. But when a charred and mutilated body, discovered during Carnival, signals the return of a serial murderer, Saldívar is inexplicably put in charge of the enquiry. As he investigates he must confront what happens to a man, and to a society, when death becomes the only certainty.

REVIEWS

A tour de force
Times Literary Supplement

Riveting... Red April is rooted in Peru's past and present, but resonates far beyond
Guardian

The terrible story of a society without hope
Independent

Violence stalks the pages... A dark and almost unhinged display
Irish Times