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Publisher's Summary

In Evil Hour is the thrilling story about the smears, defamations, infidelities, and torrential rains that afflict a small Colombian town, and the sacrifice of a boy that brings torment and chaos to an end, from the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

One morning, slanderous posters start appearing all over the town, revealing family secrets and maligning individuals. Ghosts of the past reappear, along with old feuds and infidelities. Torrential rains then flood the town, and chaos is everywhere. Neighbors suspect each other, yet no one knows who is responsible. Finally, a boy is made the scapegoat and tragedy ensues.

In Evil Hour contains vivid characters who reflect the humor and pathos of everyday life. This brooding novel clearly points the way to the flowering of García Márquez’s genius in his later One Hundred Years of Solitude.

©1979 English translation copyright by Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Editorial Review

An anonymous Colombian river town falls into chaos amid paranoia caused by some unknown person. When the mayor takes the opportunity to force the Colombian town into a militaristic society and crack down on his political enemies, an already bad time takes a turn for the worse. Gabriel García Márquez showcases the boiling pressure of a town stewing in continued frustration with each moment of In Evil Hour.
García Márquez is a master of wielding the creative opportunities human nature presents him. As social constructs disintegrate under the force of too many uncovered secrets in a small period of time, he deftly explores how constant stress can lead to one large evil moment in a town's history.
During the period of time García Márquez lived in Paris, he wrote the story that would eventually become In Evil Hour. The first version, titled Este pueblo de mierda or This Town of Shit, was completely discarded by García Márquez prior to his rewrite. If you've ever listened to One Hundred Years of Solitude, some of the featured players may sound familiar, as characters from In Evil Hour show up again in his later work.
Every mundane and sinister moment alike is brought to life by narrator Matt Basora. His sonorous voice guides you through the building tension all the way to the town's collective snap. You won't want to pause a minute of this thrilling audiobook. — Audible Latino Editor

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