David Marín makes a particular homage to the most classic black genre. The volume also includes four stories in the black and police genres published by the author.
Appletown, New York’s Lleida neighborhood, is once again a dangerous place. The fight between the two rival mafia clans, the Torra and the Vidal, has worsened. Detective Johnny Peregrí left the neighborhood some time ago, but he will receive an assignment that he cannot refuse and that will take him back to the dark alleys of Appletown, where gangsters speak with a Lleida accent, jazz mixes with “garrotins” and a man’s life is worth the same as a plate of snails in a can. And in Lleida, the appearance of a corpse in the Segarra-Garrigues canal on the day of its inauguration and the arrival of a mysterious poetess from the group of the irrepressible will change the life of the young Marcel Riera, a regional chronicler for the city’s poor newspaper and an undecided aspiring novelist. Appletown is a novel that plays on several planes of reality, where nothing is what it seems and where the characters seek their place in the world.