Dolores Redondo

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Dolores Redondo
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In Zaragoza, March 2014
Born Dolores Redondo Meira
1969 (age 48–49)
San Sebastián, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Writer

Dolores Redondo Meira (born 1969) is a Spanish writer of noir novels, author of the Baztán Trilogy,[1] and winner of the 2016 Premio Planeta de Novela literary prize.


Dolores Redondo began studying for her law degree at the University of Deusto, though she did not complete it. She studied gastronomy in San Sebastián, worked in several restaurants, and had her own before devoting herself professionally to literature. She has lived in the comarca of Ribera Navarra (es) in Cintruénigo since 2006.[2][3]

Redondo began writing literature with short stories and children's stories. In 2009 she published her first novel, Los privilegios del ángel, and in January 2013 she published El guardián invisible, the first volume of the Baztán Trilogy (Spanish: Trilogía del Baztán). The second part, titled Legado en los huesos, followed in November of that year, and it finished in November 2014 with Ofrenda a la tormenta. The trilogy has gone on to sell more than 700,000 copies and has been translated into more than 15 languages.[4]

The German producer Peter Nadermann, responsible for films of the Millennium series of Stieg Larsson, acquired the rights to its film adaptation almost immediately after the publication of the first novel. The film premiered in 2017.[5]

Redondo is the winner of the 2016 Premio Planeta de Novela for the manuscript of Todo esto te daré, which was presented to the contest under the pseudonym Jim Hawkins with the false title Sol de Tebas.[6]


El guardián invisible[edit]

The first title of the trilogy[7] begins with the discovery, on the banks of the river Baztán, the naked body of a teenager (Ainhoa Elizasu). The Policía Foral homicide inspector Amaia Salazar is put in charge of the investigation, which leads her to return to Elizondo, the hometown she always wanted to escape from.

The story moves between two fronts – professional, focused on solving a series of murders, and personal, which in this case becomes as important and surprising as the outcome of the investigation.

Dolores Redondo and Esteban Navarro in Zaragoza, March 2014

Legado en los huesos[edit]

Although the first volume completed the plot of the investigation, the second installment begins with the trial against the stepfather of a young woman, Johana Márquez. Amaia Salazar is called on by the police just after the accused has committed suicide in the bathroom of the courthouse and left a note with a single message: "Tarttalo". Amaia must discover its meaning and at the same time uncover disturbing details of her past.

Ofrenda a la tormenta[edit]

The last entry in the trilogy was presented to the public on 25 November 2014.[8]

During the presentation, the author admitted that the idea which inspired the whole story was for readers to understand that "as more magical elements appear, the novel is more real and more current."

Chanchigorri cakes[edit]

One of the peculiarities of the novels of Dolores Redondo is the appearance of chanchigorri cakes. The novels have made them better known outside of Navarre, where they are a popular dessert.


  1. ^ Romero, Paca (8 October 2014). "La fiesta de la gastronomía desbordó Cintruénigo" [The Feast of Gastronomy Overflows Cintruénigo]. Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Lakunza, Rosana (28 December 2013). "Dolores Redondo: Pasión, misterio y amor en Baztan" [Delores Redondo: Passion, Mystery and Love in Baztan] (PDF). On (in Spanish) (327): 8–12. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Izeddin, Daniel (26 November 2014). "'Ofrenda a la tormenta', punto final a la 'Trilogía del Baztán'" ['Ofrenda a la tormenta', Final Point of the 'Baztán Trilogy']. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Lucas, Antonio (28 September 2015). "Dolores Redondo: 'El mundillo literario puede ser peligroso para alguien ingenuo'" [Dolores Redondo: 'The literary world can be dangerous for someone naive]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Bermejo, Andrea G. (14 January 2017). "El guardián invisible" [The Invisible Guardian]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Néspolo, Matías (15 October 2016). "Dolores Redondo consigue el Premio Planeta 2016" [Dolores Redondo Receives the Premio Planeta 2016]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Navarro, Esteban (27 November 2014). "Dolores Redondo cierra la trilogía del Baztán" [Dolores Redondo closes the Baztán Trilogy] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Nuño, Antonio (1 December 2014). "Cierra la Trilogía del Baztán" [Closing the Baztán Trilogy] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 

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