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Metri, Padre. Padre Metri was created by "Jerónimo del Rey," the pseudonym of the Argentinian writer Leonardo Castellani, and appeared in nine stories in Argentinian magazines from 1934 to 1942, beginning with “El Caso de Ada Terry” (La Prensa, 1934); the stories were collected in Las Nueve Muertes del Padre Metri (1942).

Padre Metri is a Catholic priest who solves crimes. He lives and works in the Chaco region of Argentina, a lawless and wild section of the country in which injustice is the norm. Corruption is widespread and evil an accepted part of life, and while society as a whole is bad it is the authorities who act the worst, and in so doing present society with the model of what behavior to emulate. Metri works to counter this. He embodies many of the ideals of Catholicism, but is more hostile towards the authorities, who he views as the true culprits, than towards most men and women, especially those who lack economic power. Because of this he is seen as a troublemaker by the authorities, but Metri is independent and eccentric and does not care what the authorities think of him. In "La Mosca" he goes so far as to refuse to reveal to the police the identity of a murderer who felt remorseful after his crime and converted to Catholicism.

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