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Guillermo Orsi



Guillermo Orsi was born in Buenos Aires, where he still lives and works as a journalist. His previous novel Sueños de perro won the Semana Negra Umbriel Award in 2004.
Nick Caistor's many translations from the Spanish include The Buenos Aires Quintet by Manuel Vázquez Montalban and the works of Juan Marsé and Alan Pauls.

Books currently available by this author

Date published: New > Old

MacLehose Press

Holy City

Guillermo Orsi
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Guillermo Orsi

One former Miss Bolivia. Two missing Colombian drug dealers. Three wealthy tourists taken hostage. Welcome to the Holy City, where corruption is a calling and bent cops are ten a peso.A passenger liner runs aground on the muddy banks of the Rio de la Plata. One by one, its passengers are abducted by Buenos Aires' criminal classes. As the kidnapping of three foreign businessmen sends stock markets into freefall, the job of solving the chaos falls onto the weary shoulders of the last honest man in town - Deputy Inspector Walter Carroza of the serious-crime squad. But top of his agenda is former Miss Bolivia Ana Torrente, "a cherub with tropical lips and tits". Why is it that the bodies of the men who try to take her to bed are always found minus a head?Devilishly ironic and shirt-soakingly atmospheric, Holy City confirms Orsi as the master chronicler of Buenos Aires' murderous underworld.

MacLehose Press

No-One Loves a Policeman

Guillermo Orsi
Authors:
Guillermo Orsi

It is December 2001 and Argentina is in political and economic meltdown. Pablo Martelli, once in an elite branch of the police force known to all as the 'National Shame', is a shadow of his former self, scraping by as a bathroom salesman. He cannot forget the enigmatic woman he met in a dance hall. She left him when she found out who he was working for, and he has never recovered from the blow. Late one evening, Martelli is summoned to a friend's coastal retreat. He arrives to find his friend dead and is drawn into a bewildering sequence of events, on an odyssey that leads him through vast, empty pampas, along endless highways and into ghost towns seething with danger and brutality, to the ailing heart of his country. Before long he is forced to uncover the truth of his past life. It is a dangerous confession: after all, no-one loves a policeman. A highly original crime novel with a rich, dark humour, a host of extraordinary characters and plenty of smoking guns.