By Miguel Mena

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Novela de intriga y humor en torno al robo de un cuadro de Goya durante una exposición en Londres. Se publicó en l. a. primavera de 1997 y en 2004 iba por su 4ª edición. Cuenta los angeles historia de un oscuro funcionario de embajada que planea un robo perfecto, pero una maleta extraviada acabará complicándole los angeles vida hasta extremos insoportables.

En “Babelia”, suplemento cultural del diario El País, apareció una reseña con este texto: “Divertida novela policiaca, cuyo gran acierto es los angeles combinación de los recursos del género con los de las películas de enredo, en un increscendo trepidante que intriga y sorprende al lector. l. a. novela comienza con el tópico de l. a. joven estudiante que llega a Londres y pierde su maleta, y va complicándose de forma insospechada a causa del robo de un goya, en el que, casualmente, los angeles muchacha y sus nuevos amigos ingleses acabarán implicados. Y con ellos, el embajador y los angeles los funcionarios de los angeles Embajada española, l. a. policía, un par de investigadores privados, un parado, un honrado gentleman, un vagabundo..., que el autor va haciendo entrar y salir conduciéndoles a un ultimate cómico y disparatado. Narrada con agilidad y con un tono irónico muy refrescante, con el que Mena destroza todo tipo de lugares comunes, es una novela realmente entretenida y de lectura muy grata./ V.F.

En una guía de lectura para estudiantes, l. a. profesora Manuela Lorente Bendicho escribió: “Las situaciones cómicas se suceden sin interrupción. Desde las que proponen un humor blanco hasta las que juegan con el sarcasmo, sin olvidar algunas escenas grotescas y el episodio de humor negro del forense.”

“En basic, los personajes de l. a. novela no se caracterizan ni por su inteligencia ni por otras virtudes. En cambio resultan muy humorísticos, algunos incluso hilarantes, y ayudan a crear el efecto cómico que es consustancial al estilo de l. a. novela”.

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Got gunned down in a stinking village in the middle of nowhere. ” Moira had no intention of allowing him to upset her. ” He sneered as he replaced the photo. ” Her face held its innocent expression, a form of armor against his slings and arrows. ” Noah returned to stand with his fingers curled hard into his palms. His knuckles were white with the force he used to make his fists, and Moira couldn’t help but wonder whether he wished he had his hands around her neck rather than hanging at his sides.

The fact remains that we were right about the terrorist attack on the liquid natural gas tanker and he was wrong. I’m willing to bet he hasn’t forgotten. ” She laughed softly. ” “Arkadin’s dead,” Bourne said soberly. “He took a header off the LNG tanker into the Pacific off Long Beach. ” “According to Willard, who was there, Arkadin was Alex Conklin’s first success—and his first failure. ” “We all get what we deserve, in the end,” Bourne said bitterly. Moira returned to the subject of Treadstone.

Arkadin had said. ” Arkadin, finishing the last of his lawar at the Gianyar market, laughed to himself. Manny got two hundred thousand dollars, and through one of his regular business shipments Arkadin received the Mexican drug lord Gustavo Moreno’s laptop in Los Angeles without either the FSB-2 or the Kazanskaya being any the wiser. He found a bed-and-breakfast—what the Balinese called a home stay—on the outskirts of Gianyar center. Before he settled down for the night he took out the rifle, put it together, loaded it, unloaded it, broke it down.

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