The international prize-winner RED APRIL written by Santiago Roncagliolo is a potent exploration of Peru, told as a noirish, hard-boiled serial killer novel, reissued in a stylish new livery as part of Atlantic’s Cult Classics series.
The priest adjusted a cross hanging on the wall. It was just a plain black cross without the image of Christ on a grey surface. The prosecutor did not want to think about the cross burned into the forehead of the corpse…
Eccentric Felix Chacaltana Saldivar is a hapless, by-the-book prosecutor living in a small town, six hundred kilometers from Lima. Until now he has lived a life in which nothing exceptionally good or bad has ever happened to him. But when a charred and mutilated body, discovered during Carnival, signals the return of a serial murderer, Saldivar is inexplicably put in charge of the enquiry. As he investigates he must confront what happens to a man, and to a society, when death becomes the only certainty.
Translated by Edith Grossman