This is the second novel of the parodical saga about policeman novels. In "El laberinto de las aceitunas" (The Labyrinth of the Olives, 1982) Eduardo Mendoza confirms his talent as parodist; the novel is one of his most successful works.
Our hero, Gonewiththewind, has once again been released by the police from a lunatic asylum in Barcelona. This time his mission is to recover a briefcase filled with money lost under very peculiar circumstances. Mysteries and mishaps follow each other at breakneck speed, as the hapless detective delves beyond humor and the absurd to the frontiers of the truly surreal.