El Gran Rojo / The Great Red
A fast-paced crime novel set in the city of Frankfurt and its streets of the Red Light District, the injection sites and shit coffee. The first installment of the Mainhattan Project protagonised by the Spanish private investigator Mascarell.
Mascarell is the person you turn to when no other detective in the whole city wants to investigate a case you have to commission. Used to moving around in the red district, in supervised injection sites and some of the most foul-smelling joints (hovels) in Frankfurt, his reputation among all the weirdos in the neighbourhood grows unceasingly. This time, however, the task he is about to take on is most unusual and too well-paid to be legal. Even so, he accepts it. During the investigation he will meet Ayala, a young girl, who wants to find out the truth about the death of her brother and untangle the murky business he was implicated in before he died.
The case will take them to the other side of Frankfurt, a European Manhattan, and show them from close up the beast that lives in the shade of the skyscrapers. Everybody knows too well who The Great Red is and what he is capable of, to make sure that nothing and nobody threatens the good health condition of the business he is conducting.
The return of Benito Olmo to our bookstores is an indisputable sign that in 2021 everything will get better.
A stunning noir novel, extremely well plotted. Do not miss it.