The Blind Man of Seville

The Blind Man of Seville

Book - 2003
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New Spanish thriller from the Gold Dagger winning author of A Small Death in Lisbon, introducing Detective Inspector Javier Falcon It's Semana Santa in Seville, the Easter week of passion and processions. A leading restaurateur is found bound, gagged and dead in front of his TV. The self-inflicted wounds tell of the man's struggle to avoid the unendurable images he's been forced to watch. When confronted by 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 he realizes that this is not just a hunt for the all-seeing killer who knows his victims' secret lives but also the search for Falcon's 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.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2003
ISBN: 9780007117796
Branch Call Number: FIC/WIL 4565 1


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Apr 28, 2014

In my opinion, Robert Wilson is the best writer in the crime genre. This book is the first in Robert Wilson's "Javier Falcon series". If you love reading crime fiction, this series is a "must read".

emily8 Jan 04, 2014

Moments of brilliance - real literature but, about 100 pages too much, esp, the depravity over and over of his father.

Jan 23, 2013

I really liked this book. I liked the flow of the book and the main character Javier Falcon. I will now have to read the others. Maybe because I have been to Seville I loved the mentioning of street names and local food. I will read the other books as well.

Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 in a four-book series featuring Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón of the police in Seville, Spain; it’s a 300-page story sitting in a 433-page book and somehow the excess pages get in the way of making the storyline clear; the story’s sort of interesting but the biggest problem with it is that the story depends almost entirely on the contents of what are supposed to be a set of diary pages, but these purported diary pages quite improbably contain loads of exact dialogue instead of the sort of summary information that would actually be seen in a real diary, making this “diary” into a first class “literary device” that is way way too artificial; worse, the author includes a lot of unnecessary mentioning of local Seville foods and uses Sevilla street names in way too many situations in which the name of a street is irrelevant, as though mentioning all these foods and street names were actually a good way of recreating the special atmosphere of Sevilla within the novel (which they are not).

Mar 17, 2011

First in a 4-book series starring Javier Falcon, Chief Inspector of the Seville CID.
This book is filed under "thrillers" whereas the other 3 are to be found in the Murder Mysteries section.
While the main plot of this book concerns a nasty serial killer, it brings in Javier's mysterious, troubled, and forgotten past.I enjoyed the characters; they're depicted in a quite believable way. It's a riveting read, very entertaining, and you'll want to read the other 3 novels as well.

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