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The Heart Tastes Bitter by Victor del Arbol
  

The Heart Tastes Bitter

Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Maxim Jakubowski's Selection   
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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

Synopsis

The Heart Tastes Bitter by Victor del Arbol

Eduardo Quintana’s life lost all meaning when his wife and daughter were killed in a tragic accident. The once renowned painter wallows in grief and guilt, subsisting on alcohol and drugs, not caring if he lives or dies.

But when a grieving mother asks Eduardo to paint a portrait of the man who killed her son, he finds himself drawn to the unusual commission. He alone understands her need to look deep into the soul of the man who changed her life forever, and he alone can help.

As Eduardo sets out to discover what it takes to know a killer, he is pulled deeper and deeper into Madrid’s criminal underworld, where mercenaries, prostitutes, murderers, and thieves are all entangled in a dangerous and deadly web, in which nothing, and no-one, are as they seem.

Reviews

‘Victor del Arbol has a very important place in contemporary literature.’ El Mundo

‘Victor del Arbol’s books are, if not above, on the same level of authors such as Stieg Larsson.’ Mystery Tribune

About the Author

Victor del Arbol

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th October 2016

Author

Victor del Arbol

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Publisher

Scribe Publications

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Thriller / suspense
Crime & mystery
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9781925228441

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