The Angst-Ridden Executive (A Pepe Carvalho Investigation) by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán:
The fog is not the only obstacle on your way to work. You have little chance of avoiding a more or less long wait at the level crossing, and regular commuters treat the red traffic light as an acceptable risk which they calculate into their working day. Those traveling on bikes or motorbikes put their feet on the ground and hold their machines between their legs like sleeping animals. Those in cars switch on the demister, or turn up the heating to clear their windscreens. One or two leave the safety of their vehicles to clean their windows or to pull up their aerials. It’s always amazing to discover that there are programmes at this time of the morning, with some radio announcer, his mouth full of coffee and the small hours, attempting to maintain a degree of enthusiasm sufficient to sell the latest hit single.