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Hugo Burel
The Bonapelch Case

(El Caso Bonapelch)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 01/05/2015
  • ISBN: 9789974723399
  • 440 pages

In this thriller based on a true story, fiction and reality merge to the point where the line between them is blurred. Guido Santini, a detective from New York, arrives in Montevideo in 1933 to help solve the most famous crime of the era. On April 29th of that same year, powerful industrialist José Salvo was run over, and the man who did it has been set free. However, rumor has it that Ricardo Bonapelch, Salvo’s son-in-law, was behind the “accident” so he could inherit Salvo’s fortune and save himself from bankruptcy after a series of bad business decisions. Santini finds Uruguay to be different than he remembered: only three months earlier, on March 31st 1933, there was a coup d’etat and the dictator Gabriel Terra came to power. To make things worse, Terra and Bonapelch are close friends.

About the author

Hugo Burel is a writer and journalist. He has published short stories and novels, most notably El corredor nocturno, El desfile salvaje, Diario de la arena and El club de los nostálgicos. He has won the Juan Rulfo Prize awarded by Radio France Internationale and the Lengua de Trapo Prize for Fiction. The film version of his novel El corredor nocturno was directed by the Spanish director Gerardo Herrero.