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The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguín

Genre: Thriller
Source: Random Things

About The Book

When she hears about the suicide of a local train driver who has jumped off the roof of a block of flats, leaving a suicide note confessing to four mortal ‘accidents’ on the train tracks, she decides to investigate. For the police the case is closed (suicide is suicide), for Veronica it is the beginning of a
journey that takes her into an unfamiliar world of grinding poverty, junkie infested neighborhoods, and train drivers on commuter lines haunted by the memory of bodies hit at speed by their locomotives in the middle of the night.
Aided by a train driver informant, a junkie in rehab and two street kids willing to risk everything for a can of Coke, she uncovers a group of men involved in betting on working-class youngsters convinced to play Russian roulette by standing in front of fast-coming trains to see who endures the longest.
With bodies of children crushed under tons of steel, those of adults yielding to relentless desire, the resolution of the investigation reveals the deep bonds which unite desire and death.

My Thoughts

First of all I have to admit that I prefer to read the books in their original language (if possible), so I should had read this book in Spanish instead of English, but sadly I didn’t know this author before this book, so my miss! It seems there’s a mini series of the book too (based in Argentina), and let’s admit that after reading the book I can’t wait to watch it! 😉
Let’s talk a little bit about the book, this is the first book of the trilogy featuring the journalist Veronica Rosenthal, who has decided to investigate some curious “suicides” happened on the train tracks. The police says that the cases are closed, but there’s something not right about it and Veronica wants to discover what’s really behind it even if she has to risk her life to succeed. It will not be easy, if they are ready to kill to hide the truth, the question should be what they are hiding?
This had been a dark and twisted story, is based in Buenos Aires, so you’ll be transported to this sunny but corrupted city (sadly, sometimes it felt like they were speaking of Spain instead of Argentina…). But Veronica doesn’t fear corruption or death she just wants to know the truth, so when she becomes involved with one of the suspects everything will turn darker and more frenetic, and will make the reader unable to put the book down till the last dot.
This is a book that will hook you since the first page; a curious investigation, a dark relationship and a brave woman ready to discover the truth; these are the perfect ingredients for an amazing read, don’t you think?
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About The Author

Sergio Olguín was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and was a journalist before turning to fiction. Olguín has won a number of awards, among others the Premio Tusquets 2009 for his novel Oscura monótona sangre (“Dark Monotonous Blood“) His books have been translated into German, French and Italian. The Fragility of Bodies is his first novel to be translated into English.
The translator Miranda France is the author of two acclaimed volumes of travel writing: Don Quixote’s Delusions and Bad Times in Buenos Aires. She has also written the novels Hill Farm and The Day Before the Fire and translated much Latin American fiction, including Claudia Piñeiro’s novels for Bitter Lemon Press.