A Crack in the Wall, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Pablo Simo's life is a mess. His career as an architect is at a dead-end; reduced to designing soulless office buildings desecrating the heart of Buenos Aires.

His marriage seems to be one endless argument with his wife over the theatrics of their rebellious teenage daughter.

Everything changes with the unexpected appearance of Leonor, a beautiful young woman living in the apartment of Nelso Jara, a blackmailer murdered and buried in the foundations of a building finished twenty years before.

Pineiro once again demonstrates her capacity to reveal the things hidden behind the facades of our existence; human relationships based on habit and cowardice, rather than love; on excessive ambition and personal gain, rather than morality.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781908524089



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A Crack in the Wall is not quite a crime novel, although there is a dead body and secrets to be kept. Claudia Pineiro's novel is instead an examination of one man's life; an architect in Buenos Aires who was involved in the cover-up of a crime and of how his life changes as a result. Pablo Simo lives carefully, following the same route to work every day, drinking a single cup of strong, black coffee in the same cafe every afternoon and arranging his pencil diagonally across the cover of his notebook on his desk. Years ago, he helps dispose of a body and now a woman has shown up asking about the dead man, shaking up his careful routine and causing him to question the trajectory his life has taken.Pineiro has written a psychologically suspenseful novel reminiscent of Barbara Vine and Minette Walters. I'll be looking for more by this author.

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