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Victor del Arbol was born in Barcelona in 1968 and was an officer of the Catalan police force from 1992 to 2012. In 2006, he won the Tiflos Best Novel Award for his book, The Weight of the Dead, and his next novel, The Sadness of the Samurai, was awarded the 2011 Best European Crime Fiction Prize. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages, and in 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Nadal literature award.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first novel to be translated into English by one of Spain's leading crime writers is a revelation and one can only hope more will follow quickly. A depressed, now alcoholic painter who has recently been released from jail for the murder of a drunk driver who had killed his wife and daughter is engaged by a famous violin player to paint a portrait of another drunk driver who had killed her own son four years earlier. Eduardo is drawn towards the character and takes a step to far into the discovery process. A noir tale at times reminiscent of Hitchcock's VERTIGO in its parade of sad characters striving for some form of redemption and overall shimmering irreality, this is also a complex, multi-charactered tale in which Eduardo, the widower, sets out on a journey to the heart of his soul amongst the Madrid underworld and uncovers truths that might have best remained hidden. Del Arbol has a strong, characteristic voice and tone, which I found compelling, and moving. ~ Maxim Jakubowski