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Agustín Martínez
The Weed

(La mala hierba)

Commercial Fiction / Thriller

  • Published: 04/05/2017
  • ISBN: 9788401019197
  • 416 pages

Can a fourteen-year-old girl be considered responsible for a murder? Is she a bad seed that needs to be nipped in the bud?    

Jacobo and his wife Irene suffer a home invasion by armed men, and she dies tragically while he is left in a coma. When Jacobo wakes up in the hospital months later, the police inform him that fourteen-year-old Miriam, the couple’s only child, is being held in a juvenile detention center. All signs point to Miriam having hired those men to kill her own parents.
Jacobo resists believing the charges and clings desperately to his daughter’s testimony: she accuses a third man, whom she always calls The Butcher. That is when Jacobo meets Nora, a lawyer who, of her own volition, has decided to defend Miriam. Their parallel investigations will culminate in a new terrible bombshell leading to a surprising and devastating finale.

About the author

SPAIN-Agustín Martínez won the 2014 Ondas Prize for the radio show Un Lugar Llamado Mundo. He wrote his first script for Al Salir de Clase. He has worked on many series as a creator and screenwriter, including Sin tetas no hay paraíso, Maneras de sobrevivir, Motivos personales, La chica de ayer, Hermanos y detectives, Unidad Especial de Homicidios, Crematorio and El don de Alba. 

Rights sold

  • France: Actes Sud
  • Germany: Fischer
  • Italy: Rizolli