Off Side (Pepe Carvalho, Book 14) by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

By Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Pepe Carvalho is decided to retire. content material to dwell out the remainder of his days having fun with the simplest nutrients and wine Catalonia has to supply, his plans are wear carry whilst an govt from Barcelona's world-famous football staff can pay him a trip. “The heart ahead might be killed at dusk,” reads the observe the administrative supplies to Carvalho.

With that, the detective, former communist, and one-time worker of the CIA, needs to discover the place this word is from. Is the probability actual? Is it the paintings of 1 individual? Or is it one of many genuine property moguls tearing Barcelona aside of their conflict over crucial homes of Catalonia?

Here Montalbán does for the sport of football what he has performed for nutrition. In a good looking portrait of Spain’s so much loved activity, football and politics combine in a gripping secret concerning the reckless excesses—and limits—of energy.

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Barbé serve for his predecessor. But Mr. Bisset found no evidence that the King had formed a plot against Gowrie. By a modification of the contemporary conjecture of Sir William Bowes he suggested that a brawl between the King and the Master of Ruthven occurred in the turret, occasioned by an atrocious insult offered to the Master by the King. This hypothesis, for various reasons, does not deserve discussion. Mr. Bisset appeared to attribute the Sprot papers to the combined authorship of the King and Sir Thomas Hamilton: which our new materials disprove.

There was living at that time a certain Mr. David Calderwood, a young Presbyterian minister, aged twenty-five. He was an avid collector of rumour, of talk, and of actual documents, and his ‘History of the Kirk of Scotland,’ composed at a much later date, is wonderfully copious and accurate. As it was impossible for King James to do anything at which Calderwood did not carp, assigning the worst imaginable motives in every case, we shall find in Calderwood the sum of contemporary hostile criticism of his Majesty’s narrative.

M. Thompson. To Mr. Anderson’s learning and zest in this ‘longest and sorest chase’ (as King James called his hunt on the morning of the fatal August 5) I am under the deepest obligations. The allurements of a romantic conclusion have never tempted him to leave the strait path of historical impartiality. I have also to thank Mr. , extracts from the Treasurer’s accounts, and other researches. For permission to reproduce the picture of Fastcastle by the Rev. Mr. Thomson of Duddingston, I have to thank the kindness of Mrs.

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