Format: B Format
Price: £ 7.99
Pages: 176 pp
Date: April 2009
‘A piece of hard-boiled crime fiction. In luminous prose Villar lets the Mediterranean space speak, setting his story in Galicia among the "fjord-like inlets known as rias … swaths of green land here and there … shielded from the pounding of the Atlantic by streamlined, white-sand islands"’ TLS
(About this author)
Transated from the Spanish by Martin Schifino
Nominated for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award.
A rich literary mystery peppered with humour, Domingo Villar’s new suspense-filled novel combines a certain melancholy with the joys of music and white wine.
Amid the aroma of the sea and the Galician pines, a young saxophonist is found dead in his swanky flat overlooking the beach. The murder seems to have taken place after a sexual encounter with a lover: there are two glasses filled with gin in the living room, and the dead man, Luis Reigosa, is tied by the wrists to the headboard of the bed. But the way he was killed makes it impossible to obtain any more clues about his activities that night: his stomach, groin and thighs are horribly burned, and his genitals look hideously like a toasted cashew. The unusually cold-blooded and cruel murder is assigned to Leo Caldas, a disheartened police inspector still searching for his place in the world. The case unfolds between inviting nights at the jazz clubs and the tense, affected atmosphere of afluent Vigo.