Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2022, Claudia Piñeiro’s 2007 novel was translated into English in 2021 by Frances Riddle and published by the Edinburgh-based Charco Press. Piñeiro is renowned for her excellent psychological thrillers, and remains one of the most popular and enduring crime writers in Argentina.

When Rita’s body is found hanging in the belfry of the church she devoted herself to, the investigation into the cause of her death is swiftly closed. But her mother Elena refuses to accept the police’s version of what happened, and, despite the physical limitations imposed by her illness, embarks on a journey to call in an old debt. Unfolding over a single day, almost in real time, Elena’s arduous trek across Buenos Aires forces her to redefine everything she thought she knew about her relationship with her daughter.

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