A Light Comedy by Eduardo Mendoza
In the late 1940s the Civil War is over, and Franco is still very much in charge. Prullas, a once-popular playwright, leaves his wife by the seaside while he pursues a crowded life in the stifling city: his producer wants him to persuade their rich patron Vallsigorri that they cannot use the third-rate actress Lili whom the backer has foisted on him. In the course of playing honest broker, however, Prullas starts an affair with Lili. Fate intervenes: Vallsigorri is murdered and Prullas is prime suspect, but as this is a light comedy, the ending is, to some extent, a happy one.