A controversial novel set in an isolated, run-down community in the Andes. Part detective story and part political allegory, it offers a panoramic view of Peruvian society, of the country's recent political violence, and of its cultural heritage.
The days are devoted to investigating the disappearances of the three men. During this investigation, you hear brutal stories of murder and politics of local residents and foreign tourists. The nights are devoted to Tomas, who spends each night talking about his love affair with the girlfriend (prostitute) of a mafia boss in Peru. The violence is graphic, but mostly because you have an inkling that it isn’t just fiction that is taking place in this book. Peru’s government is volitile, and paranoid. All the characters in this book are paranoid and on their guard.