Who Killed Palomino Molero? A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Alfred MacAdam

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Trade Paperback

160 Pages



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This detective novel is set in Peru in the 1950s.

Near an Air Force base in the northern desert, a young airman is found murdered. Lieutenant Silva and Officer Lituma investigate. Lacking a squad car, they have to cajole a local cabbie into taking them to the scene of the crime. Their superiors are indifferent, the commanding officer of the air base stands in their way, but Silva and Lituma are determined to uncover the truth.


Praise for Who Killed Palomino Molero?

"Vargas Llosa's fiction is distinguished by his wit, his taste for irony, and his disposition to engage the complexities of existence with an insight that distains glib moralizing or ideological rigor."—Robert Stone, The New York Times Book Review

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  • Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Alfred MacAdam

  • Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

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