Publisher description for The penalty / Mal Peet.


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From the award-winning author of TAMAR, a time-shifting thriller about a vanishing soccer star, occult secrets, and the dark history of slavery.

As the city of San Juan pulses to summer’s sluggish beat, its teenage soccer prodigy, El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without a trace — right after he misses a penalty kick and loses a big game for his team. Paul Faustino, South America’s top sports reporter, is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of the athlete’s disappearance. As a story of corruption and murder unfolds, Faustino is forced to confront the bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult. A deftly woven mystery flush with soccer and suspense, this gripping novel is a thrilling read not to be missed.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Journalists -- Fiction.
Voodooism -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
Soccer -- Fiction.
South America -- Fiction.
South America -- History -- To 1806 -- Fiction.