抒情而詼諧。父親和兒子，富人與窮人的生動故事，這本偉大的小說給世界另外一個理由來認識Mario Vargas Llosa。──Publishers Weekly
絕佳作品。敘事技巧高超。秘魯依然是他作品的背景，將貌似電視肥皂劇的背叛、性、愛情與復仇的鬧劇情節，轉化成迅速節奏、無縫結構，有如八心八箭鑽石般切工精緻，閃爍。──The Washington Post
2010年諾貝爾文學獎得主Mario Vargas Llosa，開創20世紀新現代主義小說結構和敘述形式，銳意進取，更加豐富和立體化實驗，成功地將拉丁美洲的獨特歷史和現實的豐富畫面描繪了出來，拉丁美洲文學與全球讀者的距離，又更往前拉近，是為功臣之一。
The Discreet Hero透過兩條看似無關的商人跟保險公司老闆，發展出引人入勝的故事，讀者去自省與理解誰是正人君子？抓住自己的命運方式是？每個人其實都在用自己的方式，做一個安靜且謹慎的反叛者還是英雄？故事在秘魯的兩座城市皮烏拉和利馬，生動移動著，原本陌生的城市從一個物理空間一躍而為充滿想像力的領域，彷彿置身其中。
必須一書的是本書英語譯者，Edith Grossman為最有名的西班牙語文學翻譯，翻譯多本Mario Vargas Llosa的作品The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, 與Aunt Julia。她的《唐吉訶德》則被認為是最好的英語翻譯。
Felicito Yanaque has raised himself from poverty to ownership of a trucking business. His two sons work for him. He receives a threatening letter demanding protection money. The police don't take him seriously, Felicito refuses to pay up and gets sucked into a nightmare. He becomes a reluctant public hero. Then his mistress is kidnapped, and matters become seriously complicated. And he finds that his troubles have begun very close to home. His fate is interwoven with the story of Rigoberto, a wealthy Lima insurance executive. His boss and old friend, Ismael, suddenly announces that he is marrying his housekeeper, a chola from Piura, to the consternation of his twin sons, a pair of brutal wasters. Ismael escapes to Europe with his new bride, leaving Rigoberto to face the twins' threats, and their claims that he connived with a scheming woman to rob an old man of his fortune. Rigoberto is hounded by the press and TV. Meanwhile, his only son is having visions of a mysterious stranger who may or may not be the devil...