The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon Series #1)
  • The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon Series #1)
  • The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon Series #1)

The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon Series #1)

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by Robert Wilson
     
 

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Called to a gruesome crime scene, Inspector Javier Falcón is shocked and sickened by what he finds. Littered like flower petals on the victim's shirt are the man's own eyelids, evidence of a heinous crime with no obvious motive. When the investigation leads him to read his late father's journals, he discovers a disturbing and sordid past. Meanwhile, more

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Called to a gruesome crime scene, Inspector Javier Falcón is shocked and sickened by what he finds. Littered like flower petals on the victim's shirt are the man's own eyelids, evidence of a heinous crime with no obvious motive. When the investigation leads him to read his late father's journals, he discovers a disturbing and sordid past. Meanwhile, more victims are falling. While Falcón struggles to solve the case, he finds the missing section of his father's journal-and becomes the murderer's next intended victim.
Combining suspenseful storytelling with a thoughtful exploration of the human psyche, The Blind Man of Seville confirms bestselling and award-winning author Robert Wilson as one of the greatest literary mystery writers working today.

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From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE
"Splendid ... Wilson has a talent for digging beneath the skin to explore psychological and emotional nuances."—New York Daily News

"This splendid . . . novel from Robert Wilson is consistently stunning, intriguing, and arresting."- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

bn.com
An old Moroccan photograph at a murder scene in Seville sets Detective Inspector Javier Falcón on a very personal mission. He begins to read a series of journals written by his beloved late father. As he immerses himself in his parent's recollections, he moves no closer to the solution to the homicides that seem to fall like petals all around him, but he does snatch scattered glimmers into a past that haunts him more each day. This captivating literary mystery will please readers of Wilson's A Small Death in Lisbon and fans of John le Carré.
Publishers Weekly
Proving that even the most talented authors can have an off day, Wilson (A Small Death in Lisbon, etc.) has come up with a long, dense, often brilliantly written but finally off-putting and depressing story, which starts with the grisly murder of a Seville restaurant tycoon. Parts of the novel work wonderfully: an interview between Javier Falc"n, the chief of Seville's homicide squad, and the victim's young widow, crackles with wit and electricity as she gets more out of him than he does out of her. And Falc"n (whose late father, a famous painter, had links to the dead tycoon going back to their days in the Foreign Legion in Tangiers during the Spanish Civil War) is often a fascinating figure-when he's not imploding with the weight of his discoveries about his father's past or the stress of his job and a recently failed marriage. Descriptions of a ranch where fighting bulls are bred and of a bullfight are worthy of Hemingway, as are scenes from life in Seville during Holy Week. But in the end, there's too much blood, too many old journals, too much torture and depravity to absorb and process into art and/or entertainment. (Feb. 3) FYI: A Small Death in Lisbon won a CWA Gold Dagger Award for Fiction. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Alternately a melodrama and a travelog through the streets of Seville, Wilson's latest (after The Company of Strangers) shares several features that made his first novel, A Small Death in Lisbon, an award winner. The best parts are the journals of the protagonist's father-a fascinating re-creation of the Spanish Civil War, World War II on the Russian front, and the postwar years in Tangier. Javier Falcon, chief homicide detective in Seville, has a ghastly murder to solve, one that inexplicably strikes into the depths of his being. When two similar murders follow, Falcon finds himself facing a midlife crisis as he penetrates his own past to find connections between the victims and his recently deceased father, a famous painter who lived a life of hidden depravity. The complex story that follows is skillfully developed, and the work as a whole becomes a tour de force of psychological probing, marred only by a sometimes baroque style in which the intensity of the language surpasses the drama of the narrated events. Highly recommended for most public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/02.]-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
Kirkus Reviews
The pleasures of Spain’s happiest city can’t stop a detective’s slide into breakdown as he looks into a series of gruesome and increasingly personal murders. Javier Falcón, son of the late artist Francisco Falcón, after years in Madrid, now investigates murders in Seville. That city’s seductive attractions are largely lost on Falcón, who has been abandoned by Inés, the beautiful, brainy wife who told him on the way out that he has no heart. Not so. He’s now suffering extraordinarily from the shock of his latest case, the death of restaurateur Raúl Jiménez, a man in his 70s with, it turns out, close historic ties to Falcón’s father. Jiménez, who had been hogtied by his assassin for the removal of his eyelids, thrashed himself to death to avoid the sight of the video inserted by the murderer in his VCR. Falcón begins to suffer all the symptoms of a classical nervous breakdown as he and his lieutenants sort through forensic evidence and the teasing clues sent to them directly by the murderer. Revelations of Jiménez’s criminal past lead the investigators past his attractive second wife, past his possible involvement in the corruption of Seville’s 1992 World Expo, back all the way to the beginning of his very successful WWII black-marketing, when Javier’s father was his partner. And it’s the father’s story that fleshes out the strange facts. Javier has at last opened Francisco’s studio and come upon the diaries his father kept from his teenaged years as a fascist warrior to his last days as Spain’s second-most famous artist. News of his father’s shady, ever more dissolute life; of the deaths of his mother and stepmother; and then fresh murders push Falcón further and further down, until hecatches a lifeline thrown by a blind but visionary psychologist. Almost overrich in powerful pictures of hard lives, overlit Africa, and long, dark Spanish nights. Cruel, mesmerizing, and wonderfully intelligent. Author tour

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156028806
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
Publication date:
01/19/2004
Series:
Javier Falcon Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
446
Sales rank:
570,588
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT WILSON is the author of numerous novels, including The Company of Strangers and A Small Death in Lisbon , which won the Gold Dagger Award as Best Crime Novel of the Year from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising, and trading in Africa, and has lived in Greece, Portugal, and West Africa.

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Blind Man of Seville 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really outstanding. I loved the intricate plot, the complexe relationships and the shocking ending. The psychological aspect is very deep and involving. I literally devoured it in a weekend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book! Daisy
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the plot, the stories, the language: makes you want to read everything he has written and will write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book filled with intrigue and mystery. It keeps you coming back everytime you put it down. The way he (Wilson)combines the past with the present is outstanding.
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