A fairly unsuccessful writer who finds himself in a somewhat desperate financial situation is offered a deal by an editor. The company will give him an advance and publish his novel if he can discover the whereabouts of a certain Juan Pérez who had earlier sent them an exception manuscript from Penurias,a town far from the capital, without a return address. The writer accepts the assignment, and in his improvised role as a detective, travels to the town to try to locate the person behind theapparent pseudonym.
From this moment on, suppositions and investigations get all mixed up in his adventures as a writer turned detective: his contacts with the town prostitute, with the old, now retired school teacher, with the local columnist, with a rather impassioned amateur poetess, with a childhood enemy and with an enchanting travel companion who in the end is to help him solve the mystery of the unknown writer.
Written under the guise of a detective novel with abundant doses of humour.
Dejen todo en mis manos is beautiful, meaningful, and important….it is not only a good way to spend some time, but also provides us with keys for understanding a part of the savage spirit of our times…. Hotel Kafka
Levrero has an extraordinary ability to recreate kafkaesque situations, dialogues and monologues that provoke the laughter in the reader, which will find him or herself unable to move away from the book until the liberating final. Corriere della Sera
It looks like a sui generis novel by Chandler or one by Kafka. Vittorio Giacopini, Il Sole 24 ORE
Published in Spanish world-wide by Random House Mondadori/ Brasil Rocco Editora / Francia Éditions de L’Arbre