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Death of a Matador

By James Garcia Woods

It is no idle whim that takes Paco Ruiz to Madrid, the city he fled thirty years earlier, but an urgent need to lay to rest the ghosts of the past.

Accompanied by his best friend, ex-DCI Charlie Woodend, he relives his days as a police inspector; a militiaman caught up in the hopeless struggle to defeat Franco’s army; and a political prisoner working to build a lasting monument to fascism. But more painful than any of this, is the memory of the investigation he conducted into the murder of Faustino, his boyhood friend – better known as El Gitano, the most famous matador in Spain.

From the very start, the investigation was a perplexing one. Who could have killed El Gitano just before he appeared in the ring? And why would anyone want to kill a man who was so beloved by both sides in the conflict? The deeper he digs, the more long-buried secrets and suppressed passions Paco discovers.

Death of a Matador is a fascinating tale that immerses the reader in the blood-soaked realities of the Spanish Civil War and the driving forces of contemporary Spanish culture. It is bound to appeal to the many fans of Paco Ruiz and Charlie Woodend, to anyone interested in modern history, and to all who enjoy great detective stories.

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