Law of Return

Law of Return

Book - 2004
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“Strongly atmospheric . . . Fans of Spanish Mystery master Arturo Perez-Revate will enjoy this volume.” —Baltimore Sun

“There’s plenty to admire in this mystery. . . . Satisfying.”—Washington Post Book World

“Impressive levels of storytelling and fairness. . . . Wonderful. . . . Pawel resists easy solutions to historically difficult problems.”—Chicago Tribune

“A colorful, thrilling story about loyalty and love . . . Pawel weaves together her characters’ fate with a deft and cunning hand.”—Detroit Free Press

“[Pawel] frames the difficult and moral questions of the era in the lives of her fascinating characters, bringing history alive.”—Rocky Mountain News

Lieutenant Carlos Tejada has been transferred to Salamanca, the city where he studied law before the Civil War. His new police duties include monitoring parolees—former professors who were fired for protesting a Franco decree. Elena Fernandez, having lost her job because of her political sympathies, has returned home to Salamanca from Madrid where she and Tejada had first been romantically involved. Her father, one of the parolees, was a distinguished professor of Classics. He has just received a letter from a Jewish friend, Professor Joseph Meyer, begging for help to cross into Spain from France before he is forcibly repatriated to Germany.

Professor Fernandez cannot violate his parole by traveling to the border town of San Sebastian so Elena goes in his stead. Tejada, tracing a missing parolee, finds himself in San Sebastian, too. There Elena and Tejada’s paths fatefully cross again.

Rebecca Pawel is 26 years old, lives in New York City and teaches at a Brooklyn high school. Her widely-praised first novel, Death of a Nationalist, won the 2004 Edgar® Award for Best First Novel and was an LA Times Book Prize finalist. Death of a Nationalist appeared on several 2003 top ten mystery lists, including Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly and Detroit Free Press.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
After being transferred from Madrid to Salamanca, Carlos Tejada, promoted to a lieutenant in the Guardia Civil, investigates the disappearance of a well-connected former law professor.

Blackwell North Amer
It is 1940. Carlos Tegada, newly promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Guardia Civil, has been transferred from Madrid to Salamanca, a conservative town famed for its university. It has been spared the devastation visited on Madrid, but Tejada finds his transfer is a mixed blessing. He must serve under an unsympathetic superior officer and investigate the disappearance of a political suspect former law professor who is embarrassingly well-connected. To complicate matters, one of the men who may be involved in that disappearance is the father of Elena Fernandez, the woman to whom Tejada is attracted despite her left-wing politics.
Professor Fernandez has just received a letter from Occupied France from a Jewish friend, begging for help. To avoid being sent back to Germany, where he faces death, the friend must be smuggled across the border into Spain. Elena goes to the border town of San Sebastian in her father's stead. There she encounters Tejada whose search for the missing law professor has also taken him to the Spanish border.
Ultimately, Tejada is forced to choose between his political allegiance to General Franco's dictatorship and his desire to protect the innocent.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2004
ISBN: 9781569473436
Branch Call Number: Mystery Pawel
Characteristics: x, 274 p. ; 20 cm

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ser_library Jan 12, 2017

I enjoyed the background and most of the writing; the plot is predictable


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