Almost a decade before Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin began to write crime novels set in Italy, and two decades before Robert Wilson created Spanish detective Javier Falcon, there was David Serafin and Superintendent Luis Bernal. During the period of Spanish history known as 'The Transition' following the death of General Franco, the return of the monarchy and the move to parliamentary democracy (1975-1982), Serafin's amiable and very human detective Luis Bernal has to accept that at the end of a dictatorship, all crimes are political. It was his skill in setting a convincing police procedural novel during this turbulent political and social upheaval, and spicing it with the colours and scents of Spanish life, that brought David Serafin (the pen-name of scholar and critic Professor Ian Michael) to the attention of the legendary Collins Crime Club. Saturday of Glory introduced the short, stout Superintendent Bernal and his team of detectives in a case a double murder which hides an outrageous plot to "resurrect" the dead dictator Franco - on Easter Sunday! -and overthrow Spain's fledgling democracy. The novel won the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Award for best first novel in 1979 and a leading American reviewer said: "Serafin's debut is strong on gritty police procedure and convincing Madrid atmosphere."
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Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Saturday of Glory This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780002317931
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2392968
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1979. Book Condition: Very Good. VG condition book with dust jacket. DJ is clean, has fresh colours and has little wear to edges. Book has clean and bright contents. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9992611156
Book Description Crime Club/Collins, London, 1979. 1st edition. Pages clean; binding tight. Used - Very Good. VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS123515I
Book Description Collins Crime Club, London, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Madrid setting for this mystery. Bookseller Inventory # 001065
Book Description Collins, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good +. First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 103314
Book Description Collins, London, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of the first novel in the Superintendent Bernal series. Light foxing to the top edge of the book. In near fine / near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 22504
Book Description Collins, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Collins Crime Club, unclipped jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 002785