Like Flies from Afar

K. Ferrari

He sums things up, laying the hand over the cold, inert torso lying in the grass: this one's dead and I'm alive, so I'd better get out of here
Like Flies from Afar by K. Ferrari (Paperback ISBN 9781786896964) book cover

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A wickedly dark, multi-award-winning noir novel in translation about corruption in the Argentine state

‘Sharp, savage and tense’ Sunday Times Crime Club

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA CRIME FICTION IN TRANSLATION DAGGER

Luis Machi has had enemies for a long time: after all, he’s built his success on dirty deals – not to mention his cooperation with the military junta’s coup years ago, or his love life, a web of infidelities. What’s new is the corpse in the boot of his car. A body with its face blown off, detained by a pair of furry pink handcuffs that Machi knows well …

Someone is trying to set him up, but the number of suspects is incalculable. Machi is stuck dredging his guilty past for clues and trying to dispose of the mystery corpse. But time is just another enemy and it’s running out fast.

Like Flies from Afar is a wickedly dark and thrilling ride through the corruption and violence of Argentina, embodied by a single degenerate man and one very complicated day.


“This novel should come with a hazardous-material warning … First words to last, it’s strong stuff”
James Sallis
author Of Drive

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“Ferrari keeps the story tightly pinned onto one single day, as one crazily escalating problem opens up a whole world of sleaze, crime and corruption … Sharp, savage and tense”
sunday Times Crime Club

“Both brutal and wickedly funny, a satire on Argentinian politics and money. The novel is taut, fast-paced and patently filmic; there are plenty of exuberant scenes and a clever poetic ending. This is a gritty read … a very entertaining pastiche of classic noir … deliciously dark and farcical. Like Flies from Afar is a mix of barbed humour, irony and the grotesque … This novel is Ferrari’s reflection on the scars of recent history; dictatorship, financial crash and oligarchy”
crime Time

“K. Ferrari, award-winning writer by day, metro cleaner by night. Working with his writing, bit by bit, he’s putting on another uniform: that of a literary sensation”
el País

Like Flies from Afar has an unprecedented power”
Carlos Salem


K. Ferrari

K. Ferrari was born in Buenos Aires. He is the author of several novels, collections of short fiction and a book of non-fiction. He is the winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize. Like Flies from Afar is the first of his books to be translated into English and is published in Argentina, Spain, Italy, France and the US. It was shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger.

Adrian Nathan West is the author of The Aesthetics of Degradation. He is a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review; his essays, short fiction and translations have also appeared in the New York Review of Books, McSweeney’s, the London Review of Books and other publications. @a_nathanwest | anathanwest.com