At the Bar Lume, in a small coastal resort near Livorno, between shots of espresso and hands of cards, four old-timers and Massimo, the barman, wile away the time chatting, arguing, and theorizing about the murder of a young woman in their town. The girl's body was found in a dumpster bin on the edge of town. The victim's now notoriously licentious lifestyle has everyone thinking that her death had something to do with the world of drug trafficking and dangerous sex that she inhabited. The prime suspects in the case are two of the girl's nightlife associates. But out of love of gossip and just to pass the time, the group of old friends at the Bar Lume begin to pull the case to pieces, forcing the Barman Massimo into the role of amateur sleuth. Here is a victory for pensioners The four old-timers analyze the crime and the suspects, contextualizing both, and in the process put a comic spin on their often narrow-minded neighbors. From this investigation, in Malvadi's lively and colorful prose, emerges a fascinating picture of life in a small town that, for all its faults, stubbornly resists the devastation of mindless global tourism.
About the Author
Jose Carlos Llop is the author of the novels La camara de ambar(Muchnick, 1996;finalist Prix Jean Monnet de Litteratures Europeennes 2011), El informe Stein(Muchnik, 1995 / RBA, 2008;Prix Ecureuil de litterature etrangere 2008), Hablame del tercer hombre(Muchnik, 2001 / RBA, 2011), El mensajero de Argel(Destino, 2005) andParis: suite 1940(RBA, 2007). He has also written the two books of short storiesPasaporte diplomatico(El Aleph, 1991) andLa novela del siglo(NH Award for the Best Book of Short Stories 1999, El Aleph, 1999). He has publishednine books of poetry and is the author of five volumes of diaries. His latest works areEn la ciudad sumergida(RBA, 2010), an essay on Mallorca that gotthe Special Mention by the Jury of the 2013 Prix Mediterranee Etranger, andSolsticio(RBA, 2013).