Sat 12 February 2011, The Times

A Short Cut to Paradise by Teresa Solana

By Marcel Berlins
The Catalan writer Teresa Solana may have invented a new variation of the traditional private eye partnership. Her heroes, Borja and Eduard, are twins who don’t look at all alike, have different surnames (one of them is a fake) and are farcically inefficient at their job. In A Short Cut to Paradise , the unworthy but bestselling winner of a prestigious literary prize has her head bashed in by the very trophy that she has just won. The chief suspect is the bitter runner-up, a serious writer of novels that don’t sell. His alibi is that at the time of the crime he was himself being mugged, miles away. The twins are hired to trace the mugger, prove the arrested suspect innocent and find the real killer. They perform the task with the utmost incompetence. Solana’s Barcelona is exciting, sexy and louche, the city’s literary scene and the people who inhabit it portrayed with satirical gusto. Charming and great fun.
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