Saga Little Red Women (Saga Pequeñas mujeres rojas)

Black, Black, Black / A Good Detective Never Marries / Little Red Women

Unusual investigations in which love, heaven, and hell, tangle everything.

Arturo Zarco is an unusual detective. He is a sophisticated, very attractive, gay, Basque man in his forties. He is still close to his ex-wife, Paula, whom he unconditionally trusts with everything, from his sentimental life to his investigations and erotic fascinations.

In Black, Black, Black, Zarco is hired by the parents of a young woman who was found strangled in her flat of Madrid. Even though they hire Zarco to investigate the case, they actually wish to indict Yalal, their daughter’s Moroccan husband, who now has custody of their granddaughter. All neighbors are suspicious.

Zarco tells Paula about every step of his findings. These conversations become a pretext for domination and vengeance between two people who love and hate each other at the same time, two people who need and refuse each other. Their constant fights are interrupted when Zarco finds Luz’s diary. Luz is one of the victim’s neighbors, and Olmo’s mother. Olmo is a teenager with whom Zarco falls in love. The diary is the key to solve the case.

In A Good Detective Never Marries (Un buen detective no se casa jamás), heartbroken Zarco switches off his phone and goes on a trip to forget his cheating ex, Olmo, and his ironic ex-wife, Paula. In the outskirts of Benidorm (on the Mediterranean coast of Spain), he is invited to stay at his friend Marina Frankel’s family house, a luxurious and spectacular riurau. Marina belongs to a legacy of twin sisters: Amparo and Janni Orts, the first generation; Marina and Ilse Frenkel (Janni’s twin daughters); and the third generation, Ilse’s twin daughters. Marina and Ilse were abandoned by their mother Jani when they were little girls and were raised by their aunt Amparo, heir to the Orts estate. Amparo marries Marcos Cambra, a handsome podiatrist who looks like Alain Delon and lives in the riurau surrounded by women representing the two different sides of a strange family coin: one almost ugly, the other incredibly beautiful.

Zarco investigates Marina’s sudden disappearance. With sarcastic humor and little lucidity, Zarco will uncover the dark secrets of this eccentric family, although he feels terribly alone until Olmo is back in his life.

In Little Red Women (Pequeñas mujeres rojas), Paula, Zarco’s ex-wife, is the actual protagonist when she arrives in Azafrán to locate a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War. She will stay at the Beato’s family hotel, where she will fall in love with David Beato. David will help her find the identity of the corpses in the mass grave.


RELEVANT DATA: Marta Sanz is one of the most important contemporary Spanish writers. Her novels have been awarded some of the most important distinctions of the Spanish literature, like the Premio Herralde, the Premio Ojo Crítico de Narrative, or the XI Premio Vargas Llosa. She has also been a finalist to the Premio Nadal.


This cunning noire told with mordant humor is an absolute success, gathering rave reviews:

“One of this season’s major surprises. The author is officially one of the most ambitious voices of Spanish literature. A novel that, based on the noir genre, hides many other attractive features”. – Carmen Rodríguez Santos, ABC Newspaper

“Marta Sanz brings us a very ambitious story in which love, heaven and hell, cover and tangle everything”. – Javier Goñi, El País Newspaper

“A very intense work which resembles Rebeca, by Alfred Hitchcock. A Good Detective Never Marries confirms that Marta Sanz is reaching her position as a noir novelist. Simply fabulous”. – Laura Fernández, El Mundo Newspaper

“An intelligent novel about the so many things that take place when everything seems stagnated”. – Domingo Ródenas, El Periódico newspaper

“An exuberant narrative for a high-concept literary work. Plots, rhythm, discourse, characters… Little Red Women (Pequeñas mujeres rojas) is her best novel. So brutal, vindictive, political, anti fake, and dark. A high-voltage story full of historical memory, and violence against women.” – Íñigo Urrutia, El Diario Vasco newspaper.


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

AVAILABLE LANGUAGES: Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Greek.

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