Escobar, Mario A detective and spy novel. The nine aircraft penetrated the sky over the city around 6:30 in the afternoon. The population had suffered the longest bombardment of the entire war for more than two hours … The order was to cause as much damage as possible and many neighbors were burned by fire or machine-gunned by fighters. Dozens of bodies were strewn through the peaceful streets of the city. The fire had spread in such a way that it was impossible to put out … In a few hours, the historic capital of the Basque people was devastated … Gernika was already a dead city. In April 1937, Alfonso Ros, a former police commissioner trapped within the zone of the national side, is required by the high command of the rebel army to investigate the suspicious death of Damian von Veltheim, captain of the Condor Legion sent by Hitler to help Franco to win the war. In a Salamanca full of intrigues, political conspiracies and double agents, as his investigation progresses, Alfonso, accompanied by the German lieutenant Raymond Maurer and the enigmatic Italian Dalila, finds that he is not really investigating another murder in a Spain wounded by a bloody and endless war, but an international conspiracy that, if it succeeds, would change the course of history as we know it, and that many are determined to continue hiding from the eyes of the world at any cost. A thriller and spy novel. The nine aircraft flew over the city around six thirty in the afternoon. The citizens suffered more than two hours of the longest bombing of the entire war. The enemy’s order was to cause maximum damage, and many residents were burned to death by fire or strafed by fighter planes. Dozens of bodies were strewn on otherwise peaceful city streets. The blaze burned was out of control. Within hours, the historical capital of the Basque town Gernika was flattened — a dead city. In April 1937, former police commissioner Alfonso Ros is required by the high command to investigate the suspicious death of Damian von Veltheim, captain of the Legion sent by Hitler to help win the war. Among the intrigue, political conspiracies, and double agents, Alfonso conducts his investigation, accompanied by German Lieutenant Raymond Maurer and enigmatic Italian Delilah. Along the way, he discovers that he is not investigating murder in Spain during a bloody war, but an international conspiracy, which if successful would change the course of history as we know it — and which many are determined to continue hiding from the world at any price.