Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Good Suicides: A Thriller by Antonio Hill

Hector Salgado is back at work.  His ex-wife is still missing, presumed dead by most everyone, and his son is living with him.  He's facing a complex case where several of the employees of the same company have committed suicide.  At first, it was thought it might be murder, but it's not so.  What happened in that company to make this so?

Crown Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published July 17th, so you can buy a copy now.

Hector is a very interesting police inspector.  He's intelligent, focused, and intuitive but he likes to stretch the reach of the law every now and then.  Threats are made, people are pressured, and most talk to him to make him go away.  However, this makeup company seems to be immune to him.  They care not what he says and offer no insight into their employee's deaths.  They do express sorrow but it's not genuine.  He wonders what is not said.

I like reading of other countries and their culture.  As different as they may be from the US, there are similarities.  The core of this mystery is what happened when the staff was away for a team building exercise.  Something unseen has seriously affected them all.  But what?  Dead dogs hanging in a tree is an ugly thing, but shouldn't upset them enough to make them kill themselves.  So why does an email with that photo set off the suicides?

While this case is proceeding, the cop who is off duty due to her pregnancy decides to do some more investigating into the disappearance of Hector's ex-wife.  What she finds is interesting but doesn't tell me anything new.  I don't see the significance of the new knowledge yet.

As Hector wraps up his case and the detective has her baby, this book comes to a close.  But Mr. Hill has held back a final card to play:  Ruth makes an appearance and the man she opens the door for on her last day at home is a total shock!  Now I can't wait for the next book to see just what did happen to Ruth and what new case Hector will be working on.  These are unusual mysteries and a good read both.  Give them both a try.

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