Mala Vida

Marc Fernandez (Author) Molly Grogan (Translator)


Finalist for the Readers ofElle Magazine's Grand Prize (France)
Winner of the Plaidoiries Prize for Best Crime Novel at the Festival Clameur(s) of Dijon

Almodóvar meets Orwell in this acclaimed, fast-paced contemporary noir novel exposing the most shameful secrets of the Franco era.

Present-day Spain, a time of economic crisis and resurgent populist nationalism. The radical right has just won the election after twelve years of Socialist rule. In the midst of this political upheaval, a series of murders is committed, taking place from Madrid to Barcelona to Valencia. The victims include a politician a real-estate lawyer, doctor, a banker, and a nun. There is no obvious connection between them.

As the country prepares for a return to a certain moral order, radio crime reporter Diego Martin is trying to keep his head above water in anticipation of the expected media purge. When he decides to look into the first murder, he doesn't have the faintest clue that his investigation will lead far beyond his local beat and put his life at risk. For what he uncovers exposes the roots of a national scandal: the theft of babies from the victims of the Franco regime, crimes--never prosecuted--that were orchestrated by now well-connected citizens who will do anything to avoid exposure.

Product Details

Arcade Publishing
Publish Date
January 15, 2019
5.8 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Marc Fernandez is cofounder and editor in chief of the magazine Alibi, dedicated to crime fiction. He has been a journalist for sixteen years and for much of that time covered Spain and Latin America. He has co-written several works of true crime. Mala Vida, his first novel, was a finalist the Grand Prix des Lectrices d'Elle. His second, The Guerrilla Social Club, has been published in France. He lives in Paris.

Molly Grogan holds a Ph.D in French and Comparative Literatures from the Sorbonne and a Masters in Linguistics from the Université Paris V René Descartes. She has written extensively on postcolonial literature and theater. She is a translator, journalist and educator working in France, the United States, the United Kingdom and China.


Finalist for the Grand Prix des Lectrices d'Elle and winner of the Prix Plaidoiries pour un polar at the Festival Clameur(s) of Dijon

"A diabolically forceful crime novel that takes all the noir tropes and uses them in foreign territory to great effect."--Kirkus Reviews

"Gritty and very realisitic . . . A fine novel of crime and conspiracy."--Booklist

"If Orwell had met Almódovar, he would have written something like this."--Le Point

"Marc Fernandez proves himself to be a fearless storyteller, smartly blending historical fact with a crime fiction plot."--Le Monde, M (the magazine)

"Succeeds diabolically."--Paris Match

"Breathless and chilling."--VSD

"The plot, at the intersection of contemporary politics and history, unfolds with a growing sense of pleasure and exoticism. The characters' color and verve is reminiscent of Almodovar."--Le Progrès

"Efficacious. Well put-together with just enough humor and bruised feelings: a good read."--Alsace

"Like a cross between a crime novel and reportage, the story of this dark and little known period during the Franco years cries out with truth."--Point de Vue

"Mala Vida is riveting in its adaptation of historical realities into a thriller atmosphere . . . often with the rhythm of a ticking stopwatch."--Foreword Reviews