josÉ luis correa
Jose Luis Correa

JOSÉ LUIS CORREA (Las Palmas, 1962) teaches at the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

 

He has won a number of different prizes for his writing, of which the following stand out: the Premio Benito Perez Armas (2000) for his novel THEY KILLED ME SO BADLY and the Premio Vargas Llosa (2002) with TAKE A LOOK AT CARLA.

 

‘Did someone say the roman noir had breathed its last? Correa shows the genre is alive and in very good health.’ La Verdad Digital

 

‘The Canarian Marlowe, as intimate and full of humour.’ Berliner Morgenpost

 

‘A skilled writer, a meticulous master of language, an exquisite storyteller.’

Teldeactualidad

 

www.jlcorrea.com

BLUE CHRISTMAS
Blue Christmas

The Day of Innocents is as good a day as any to die. So thinks Gervasio Alvarez when they tell him a corpse has been found. Andrea Merida, a soldier’s widow, mother of three, pensioner, has been poisoned with a cyanide capsule. No one heard or saw anything. Nothing can explain the motive for the crime. No one seems to gain by her death. So Alvarez calls on an old friend, asking him to come out of his voluntary retreat. Correa’s best yet.

‘The most interesting Spanish noir novel that I’ve read. José Luis Correa has managed to situate his bloodhound Ricardo Blanco among the top rank of detectives in Spanish fiction.’ El País

‘A seductive Canarian thriller with magnificent dialogue. A tale that avoids the predictable, [with] a precise voice, full of small intimacies, [this is] a novel of magnificent dialogue that goes beyond the conventions of storyboards. A tale of high quality in its imagery, environment, situations, in the emotional baggage of the characters and the setting of a country in crisis.’ El Periódico

‘Correa has the ability to paint like an impressionist the colours of the distinct geographies that compose his town, one writer that knows how to write in the noir genre. Or better, utilises the noir crime genre to write a social novelEl Escobillon

‘Ricardo Blanco is one of those unique characters with whom one wouldn’t mind going out for a drink with to chat about the human and the divine, because one would probably agree with him on most issues, a character that generates a following among writers of the genre and fascination among readers. [Blanco] follows in the wake of those classic private eyes, Philip Marlowe’s Sam Spade, who in his turn served as an inspiration for Raymond Chandler’s Dashiell Hammet.’ Canarias 7, A vuelta de correo
Sales

Alba Editorial Spain

Material: Spanish edition (255pp).

OUR LADY OF THE MOON (NUESTRA SENORA DE LA LUNA)
Our Lady of the Moon

A young journalist disappears without trace; a pilgrim, seriously wounded, is found wandering in Tafira on Gran Canaria. From these seemingly unconnected events starts Ricardo Blanco’s fifth case.  Priests hiding the truth, nuns who aren’t what they seem, lowlife extortionists and a sacred painting of great value which no one knew existed, are all part of a web of corruption. We find here a more intimate version of the detective and fans will recognise the agile, direct, ironic language full of subtlety, humour and local colour.

With paragraphs full of ironies and subtleties, [Correa] leads us through the villages of the island and the streets of the capital in a plot in which nothing is impossible… We will continue reading the adventures of Ricardo Blanco, that’s for sure.’ LNE, Diario Independiente de Asturias

‘José Luisa Correa has a fluent and sharp style that constantly piques the reader's curiosity… An inner universe full of cynicism in the style of Chandler, but with the originality [of] a Canarian Marlowe, [Correa] breaks established clichés that few authors dare to break and the result is spectacular.’ El Garito del Verso

‘Cinematic and sometimes frantic, the narrative flows; direct, natural, sincere and concise’ La Provincia, Diario de Las Palmas

‘Did someone say the roman noir was exhaling its dying breath? Correa shows that the genre is in robust health.’ La Verdad

Sales

Alba Oscura Spain

Material: Spanish edition (349pp).

A TRACE OF THE SIREN (UN RASTRO DE SIRENA)
A Trace of the Siren

The fourth in the series starring Ricardo Blanco. The detective from the Canary Islands discovers a girl’s dismembered corpse on the coast at La Laja. A tattoo and a necklace are the only pieces of evidence which might help him solve the crime, and they lead Blanco deep into the world of prostitution and drug trafficking on the island. A whirlwind tale which grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let you go.  Correa’s great prose, ironic tone and dark humour guarantee the author’s position within the Spanish literary landscape.

‘José Luis Correa explores organized crime for the first time in A TRACE OF THE SIREN, his fourth detective novel featuring Ricardo Blanco… A universal story that promises the perfect dose of action and adventure in his usual controlled and refined style’ La Opinion a Coruña

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Alba Oscura Spain

 

Del Vecchio Italy

 

Material: Spanish edition (239pp).

death of a violinist (muerte de un violinista)
Death of a Violinist (muerte de un Violinista)

 

The third instalment of the adventures of detective Ricardo Blanco opens with the sudden death of the first violinist of the New York Philharmonic during a concert in the Auditorio de Las Palmas. Readers of his last two novels starring this investigator will recognise here some of his familiar traits: his disastrous personal life, his tendency to fall in love, his lack of interest in money. But in DEATH OF A VIOLINIST we find out more detail from his past. These elements, coupled with a varied cast of secondary characters and a brilliantly surprising twist at the end, full of suspense, will keep readers on their toes throughout.

 

'Readers of his previous novels starring this investigator will recognise some of already familiar traits: his disastrous personal life; his tendency to fall in love, his lack of interest in money. But in Death of a Violinist we get new information about his past. These elements, together with a great cast of secondary characters and a surprising final twist, full of drama, create a story that grips the reader and keeps him on the edge of his seat.' La Voz de la Gran Canaria

Sales

Alba Editorial Spain

 

Tammi Finland


Material: finished copies (301pp).

death in april (muerte en abril)
Death in April (muerte en Abril)

This is Correa’s second novel starring Ricardo Blanco, the detective from Gran Canaria, lover of jazz, women, film and crime fiction, who is destined to become one of the greats of the literary detective novel.

 

‘Ricardo Blanco is back. The brilliant investigator returns to the literary scene with the hand of his creator José Luis Correa, who never runs out of ideas.’ Entrevista


‘He has managed to create a new space in the competitive world of the roman noir.’
La Provincia


‘With skill and grace the Canarian writer J. L. Correa relocates the American model of the roman noir in the city Las Palmas.’ Faro de Figo

Sales

Alba Editorial Spain

 

Unionsverlag ‘Metro’ Germany

 

Tammi Finland

 

Del Vecchio Italy

 

Material: finished copies (223pp).

fifteen days in november (quinze dias de noviembre)
Fifteen Days in November (Quinze Dias de Novienbre)

FIFTEEN DAYS IN NOVEMBER is the first in a series to feature the detective, Blanco, as the main character set in an unusual territory for the noir genre: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

 

‘An authentic pleasure.’ El Faro


‘Seduces and distracts from reality with genuine characters.’ La Provincia


‘A contemporary version of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade or Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe from the Canary Islands, Ricardo Blanco is a cynical and crestfallen detective who has a unique sense of smell and an instinct which tells him that nothing is as it seems. The novel follows the conventions of the roman noir presenting an extraordinary portrait of Las Palmas.’ Faro de Vigo

Sales

Alba Editorial Spain

 

Unionsverlag ‘Metro’ Germany

 

Tammi Finland

 

Del Vecchio Italy

 

German Radioplay WDR

 

Fama Bulgaria

 

Material: finished copies (186pp).