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"It was only right that there should be at least one murder in Holy Week," muses Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón as he's called out during Spain's Semana Santa festivities to probe the death of a prosperous Seville restaurateur, Raúl Jiménez. The deceased was found strapped to a chair with his eyelids removed, facing a television on which had been showing a video of him entertaining prostitutes. Jiménez's heart had failed as he struggled to escape. This murder is "more extraordinary than any I have seen in my career," Falcón tells the businessman's widow, as he embarks on an investigation that will lead to the slayings of a hooker and an art dealer, and force the homicide cop into a game of wits against a killer obsessed with the contradictions between illusion and reality. Meanwhile, Falcón is himself obsessed with the long-secreted journals kept by his late father, a famous painter, whose brutal acts during the Spanish Civil War and subsequent hedonism in North Africa shaped Javier's life... and will make him the killer's next target.
Wilson's plot turns rather creakily on the coincidence of Falcón discovering a photograph of his father among Jiménez's things. And lengthy excerpts from the elder Falcón's diaries, while they reveal links between the book's secondary players, and are interesting for their portrayal of wartime Europe and postwar Tangier, nonetheless hobble this story's pace and distract from the modern crimes at its center. Still, there's a poetic edge to this author's prose that makes even his most gruesome or tragic scenes worthy of rereading, and in Javier Falcón--a lonely outsider who shadows his ex-wife and has a perplexing aversion to milk--he creates a police protagonist as satisfyingly and humanly flawed as any since Zé Coelho, from Wilson's outstanding A Small Death in Lisbon. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There is great complexity in both segments of the plot- the journal of Falcon's father, as well as, Falcon's story.
This is a dense and somewhat bewildering story that just tried too hard to be too many things and relied on too many tenuous links.
The book can and will be unsettling, not because it is gory, but it is disturbing where the minds of the characters take you.
While I enjoyed the book and the depth of characters that the journal entries of the protagonist created, there wasn't the hook of a thriller - it was also interesting bits of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by nathan counts
Imaginative book, well written with a lovely pace. Love how Wilson interconnects stories from the past with the present, and also how you end up relating to Javier and the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jostein Elvaker Haande
The Blind Man of Seville had too many characters. Early in the book it was difficult to keep them straight. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eva's Nanny
It was totally absorbing....a little hard on the nervous system....place names and people a little hard to follow...but a wonderful readPublished 10 months ago by David J. Stone
The "keying" has so many misprints, so little understanding of punctuation, that it is hard to read. Obviously transcribed by a non English speaker. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tony Robbin
The plot is masterful. The ambiance feels rich and real. The psychological elements are very well researched and presented. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kitty
My book group read A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON featuring inspector José Coelho last year, and this year got around to THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE, the first in the Inspector Javier... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ed Battistella
Using his trademark of twining the past to the present, Wilson spins a page turning tale lies and betrayal. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer