Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Blind Man of Seville

by Robert Wilson


Detective Inspector Javier Falcón is transfixed from the moment he sees the blood-streaked face of murder victim, Raul Jiménez, in his Seville apartment. When he finds, littered on the bloody shirt front like exotic tropical petals, the man's eyelids, he imagines the relentless, unflagging horror and it becomes the beginning of his own.

But as he sifts the evidence and comes across old photographs of the victim's earlier life in Tangier after the war, he finds that he too is dragged back into the past. Falcón himself had been brought up in Tangier. His father had become famous there. A Spanish artist of world reknown, Fransisco Falcón, had died recently leaving a large inheritance and a set of journals which his son starts reading. It is from these diaries that the detective discovers that the father he'd always loved was somebody he didn't know.

As the murder case unfolds, Falcón's mind unravels. He is beset with inexplicable anxieties and his brief moments of sleep are wracked by vivid dreams, as all the old certainties of his organised life are undermined.

More victims fall under the killer's unflinching blade. But from the multitude of evidence, from the terrible hidden secrets embedded in the victim's lives, Falcón, even with his idiosyncratic methods, cannot make the breakthrough until the final missing section of his father's journals comes to light. And until Falcón himself becomes the killer's next intended victim.

With The Blind Man of Seville , Robert Wilson's unparalleled combination of suspenseful storytelling and for the ambiguities of the human soul confirm his place as one of the best mystery writers in the world today.



Format: Paperback
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156028806
ISBN-10: 0156028808
Pages: 448
Publication Date: 01/19/2004
Carton Quantity: 40

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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.

Robert Wilson

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. Read More



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


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