Polis Books

Available in hardcover and ebook November 2nd

"REPENTANCE is a brilliantly plotted thriller that was impossible for me to put down. Eloísa Díaz is a fantastically talented writer, and her debut is easily one of the best crime fiction reads of the year."
―Lauren Wilkinson, Award-Winning Author of AMERICAN SPY

"A tense debut thriller with excellent characters and a timely, satisfying plot." ―Library Journal (Starred Review)

"(An) outstanding debut…Aficionados of mysteries with a hard edge will welcome Inspector Alzada.”―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"In her debut novel, an engrossing narrative told backward and forward in time, Díaz painfully yet eloquently describes Alzada’s turmoil and how he reconciles the questionable actions he has taken. A dark political thriller guaranteed to satisfy fans of Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, and Leonardo Padura." ―Booklist

A riveting, epic novel that heralds an unforgettable new voice, REPENTANCE is the story of a man on a quest to solve a case that offers both a painful reminder of all he has lost and a last chance at redemption.


Argentina is in the grip of a brutal military dictatorship. Inspector Joaquin Alzada’s work in the Buenos Aires police

force exposes him to the many realities of life under a repressive regime: desperate people, terrified people and – worst of all – missing people. Personally, he prefers to stay out of politics, enjoying a simple life with his wife Paula. But when his revolutionary brother Jorge is disappeared, Alzada will stop at nothing to rescue him.


The country is in the midst of yet another devastating economic crisis and riots are building in the streets of Buenos

Aires. This time Alzada is determined to keep his head down and wait patiently for his retirement. But when a dead body is found behind the morgue and a woman from one of the city’s wealthiest families goes missing, Alzada is forced to confront his own involvement in one of the darkest periods in Argentinian history – a time of collective horror and personal tragedy.