The Blind Man of Seville

The Blind Man of Seville

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Detective Inspector Javier Falcon is transfixed by the brutalized face of murder victim Raul Jimenez in his Seville apartment. On his shirtfront, littered like exotic petals, are the man's eyelids, and so the victim's relentless horror becomes the beginning of Falcon's own.
An old photograph at the murder scene prompts Falcon to read a set of journals left by his famous father, the artist Fransisco Falcon. He discovers that he'd never known the father he'd always loved, and as the case unfolds, Falcon's mind unravels as all the old certainties are undermined. More victims fall but neither the evidence nor the secrets of the victims' lives give Falcon the vital breakthrough he needs. The pieces of the puzzle finally fall together when Falcon finds the missing section of his father's journals--and becomes the killer's next intended victim.
With "The Blind Man of Seville," Robert Wilson's unparalleled combination
of suspenseful storytelling and keen understanding of the ambiguities of the human soul confirm his place as one of the best mystery writers in the world today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 161 x 236.2 x 27.2mm | 730.3g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151008353
  • 9780151008353

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Robert Wilson is recognized as a master mystery and thriller writer
"Wilson has a preacher's gift for the language of pain and great compassion for people caught up in the crucible of war."
-New York Times Book Review
"Wilson demonstrates, as Graham Greene did long ago, that thrillers are the liveliest, most gripping, most thought-provoking literary enterprises going today. The most readable too, when penned by a master spinner like Wilson."
-LA Times Book Review
"The British seem to breed terrific mystery and thriller writers with astonishing ease--think of everyone from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to Agatha Christie, to John Le Carre and P.D. James. The latest import about to catch fire in the U.S.? Robert Wilson."
-NY Post
"A highly evocative writer whose sense of place is nearly as acute as his talent for characterization."
- The Raleigh News and Observer "Le Carre's equal when it comes to plotting, piling surprise upon surprise and keeping the reader guessing until the bittersweet ending."
-Denver Post
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"Turns a local murder case into a taut international thriller . . . with considerable, nail-biting skill."--"Time"
"A suspenseful, intricately plotted, violent and steamy tale. You will turn the last page of this compelling novel out of breath." --"The New York Times"
"Wilson has flushed out history with complex characters and a captivating story."--"San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle"
"Absorbing and brilliantly written, ["The Company of Strangers"] is caviar for the cognoscenti. And for the general reader too."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Wilson's thriller is complex, chilling, and cleverly written as he dissects the murky world of espionage, where the players are maneuvered by their ruthless masters like pawns on a chessboard." "--Chicago Tribune"
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It's Semana Santa in Seville, the Easter week of passion and processions. A leading restaurateur is found bound, gagged and grotesquely murdered in front of his TV. Self-inflicted wounds tell of the man's struggle to avoid the unendurable images he's been forced to watch. At this horrific scene the normally dispassionate homicide detective Javier Falcon is inexplicably afraid. What could be so terrible?
The investigation into the victim's turbulent life sends Falcon trawling through his own past and the ferociously candid journals of his late father, a world-famous artist. Painful revelations churn up Falcon's unreliable memory and more killings push him to the edge of terrifying truth. And Falcon realizes that this is not just a hunt for the all-seeing killer who knows his victims' secret lives but also the search for his own missing heart.
From the Gold Dagger award-winning author of A Small Death in Lisbon, a novel that combines the tension of a psychological thriller with the emotional intensity of a literary tour de force.
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4 43% (860)
3 21% (413)
2 5% (98)
1 1% (26)
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