There are many ways to die, but to be burned alive is absolutely horrifying. A well-known politician and financier of Barcelona is found hanging in flames on the Pedrera, a building created by the Catalan genius, Gaudí, after being abducted. The autopsy reveals that the victim was tortured by going without food or drink during the five days of his captivity. This detail puzzles the authorities, while the investigators find themselves at a dead end. The judge handling the case decides to resort to desperate measures and Milo Malart, unorthodox inspector of a dark-talent, currently on reprimand for striking a superior, beset by debt, and suffering a depression due to the suicide of his nephew, is reinstated to the Serious Crimes Department to help clarify the brutal crime.
However, after analyzing the evidence, he formulates a theory that triggers an even greater confusion. He suspects that the police awre facing a serial killer, who is already focusing on new victims. At first his ideas are met with disbelief and scorn, but all too soon they are confirmed.
“A stunning cocktail: a classic police man, a Larssonian plot, thriller in the style of Dan Brown, vice and political corruption, and the excesses of trash TV. Sáinz de la Maza assembles all these elements with great craftsmanship.” Ernest Alós, El Periódico de Catalunya
"The criminal Barcelona is growing. A cross between a mystery and a thriller, reminiscent of Seven, this is the first incursion of Sáinz de la Maza into the genre. And he takes it seriously.” Xavi Ayén, La Vanguardia
“Absolutely astonishing !” Madame Figaro
“A wave of murders as black as bullfighter’s hat.” J. Malaure, Le Point