Las niñas perdidas

The Lost Girls | Roca, 2011

» L'H Confidential International Noir Novel Prize 2011
» Gijón Noir Week Director’s Award
» International Dashiell Hammett Prize for Detective Fiction 2012
» Shortlisted for the Violeta Negra Award 2014

There is another Barcelona: the one far removed from tourism and fashion.

It is in this other, villainous city that detective and ex-journalist Victoria González moves confidently. And being heavily pregnant doesn’t make it any easier. Victoria or Vicky was born in the suburbs and has her office in the neighbourhood of El Chino, is five-months gone and has a case of two dead little girls on her hands. Dead and tortured. Her faithful friend Jesús warns her it’s not the case for her, not in her condition. The commissioner says the same, as does her instinct. But this is enough for her not to give up.

The novel narrates the investigation from the point of view of this detective: the disappearance of two sisters aged 3 and 5, an uncomfortable tour through Barcelona’s underworld, a place where paedophilia, drug trafficking and child pornography are common currency.