La Ronda / The Beltway

La Ronda / The Beltway

Title: La Ronda / The Beltway
Genre: Crime novel / Police procedural
Publisher: Reservoir Books
Date of publication: May 2023
Pages: 400

Since the beginning of the year, the bodies of several mysteriously executed people have been discovered in Madrid. They seem to be victims chosen at random, as they have been found in remote parts of the capital. However, there are two investigators from different police stations who are determined to follow up, each one on their own, the few clues available. They are Inspector Dulce O’Rourke, with an explosive personality but insecure in her love life, and Inspector Juan Luis Seito, who appears to be a quiet man but is capable of moving heaven and earth if he uncovers an important case. When they come to the conclusion that an elite mercenary is prowling the streets of the city, all the alarms go off. This is someone with a lot of experience, used to killing with impunity. Something is going on. Something extremely complicated. And also extremely serious. Something that no one, anywhere in the world, has detected so far.

Francisco Bescós traps you in a macabre game that you can't get out of. La Ronda is a formidable novel.

Santiago Díaz, writer

𝘓𝘢 𝘙𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘢 is a sweeping journey into the depths of evil. You will no longer walk the ground of your city with the same innocence.

Ibon Martín, writer

A good example of a modern crime novel, very Madrid and very international. 𝘓𝘢 𝘙𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘢 is as fast-paced as the urban motorway on which it takes place.

Eduardo Laporte / Coverture

In this world there are two types of authors: those who make literature even on the shopping list, and those who don't. Paco Bescós is one of the first.

Jesús Lens / Ideal de Granada

A very noir novel, with a narrative of a thriller, which is also - and this is not easy nowadays - very original.

Juan Infante / Carta Negra de El Correo

What a story! An electrifying thriller that has given me a few heart-stopping days. What a cocktail of emotions. It takes on a strong commitment to offer quality entertainment.

Moritz García / Moon Magazine

Francisco Bescós has created a novel that reinvents the genre a little, providing it with new ingredients with which to confront the readers and from which he comes out successful and strengthened.

Manuel Acosta / Cartagena Negra

The author manages to make even the most trivial things interesting and the most implausible things are actually a covert springboard to relaunch the suspense to a higher level.

Mr. Tom / Polar Reviews

𝘓𝘢 𝘙𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘢 is a crime novel with a plot formed in concentric circles. Once one is completed, a larger one appears. Each move forward is followed by a new mystery. Each discovery leads to a new mystery.

Jordi Valero / Interrobang