By Arturo Pérez-Reverte
WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION’S overseas DAGGER
For fanatics of Alan Furst and Carlos Ruiz Zafón comes a haunting and layered mystery full of background, event, suspense, and an unforgettable love story—by the across the world bestselling writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
Cádiz, 1811: The Spanish port urban has been surrounded by way of Napoleon’s military for a 12 months. Their backs to the ocean, its citizens undergo regimen bombardments and stay in consistent worry of a French invasion. And now the our bodies of random girls have started to show up through the city—victims of a shadowy killer.
Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón has been assigned the case. identified for his razor-sharp research skills—as good as his brutal interrogation methods—Tizón has obvious every thing. Or so he suggestion. His inquiry into the murders finds a stunning development: every one sufferer has been discovered the place a French bomb exploded. common sense tells him to cross it off as twist of fate; his intuition tells him another way, and he starts off to view Cádiz as a residing chessboard, with himself and the killer the most players.
In a urban driven to the threshold, violence and desperation weave jointly the lives of a bunch of not likely humans: the Spanish taxidermist who doubles as a French secret agent; the younger lady who makes use of her father’s mercantile enterprise to run the enemy blockade; the rough-edged corsair who attempts to withstand her charms; and the intense educational furiously attempting to ideal the French army’s artillery and produce Cádiz to its knees as soon as and for all. And as Napoleon presses nearer, Tizón needs to make his subsequent circulation at the bomb-scarred chessboard prior to the killer claims one other pawn.
Combining fast paced narrative with scrupulous ancient accuracy, this shrewdpermanent, suspenseful story of human resilience is Arturo Pérez-Reverte on the peak of his skills.
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The scent of nachos teased me. My fingers itched to pick up a ball, to send it flying down the lane. I loved bowling. I just hadn’t done it in weeks…because of him. Of Aaron. This was where we had our first date. Where we were supposed to be having a date. Right now. A sharp pang stabbed my heart and each thud was like a hammer against my chest. How had things gotten so messed up? Before we started dating—and even during—I used to think of him as Heart Stopper; I’d see his smile and my heart would give one solid thump and then poof, stop.
Are you getting a divorce? Are we becoming a statistic? ” My father let out a startled laugh, erasing the seriousness from his face for at least two full seconds. ” He quickly waved his hands. ” I let out a deep breath and sat back down, eyeing them warily. I wasn’t ready to relax just yet. The ‘nothing like that’ left a lot of ground uncovered. For instance, they could tell me I had been adopted or something. ” I asked. I shouldn’t have. As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew it’d been a mistake.
And then I burst into hysterics, laughing and crying at the same time. It was a silver necklace with a pendent. The pendent was…I couldn’t fathom the words. It was a small silver heart. Shooting through the heart was a single arrow, the tip made of a black stone. Onyx. My heart leaped and I wasn’t sure my ribs could contain it long. “I’m sorry,” I sobbed, the word bubbling out of nowhere. ” It was beautiful and ironic. And I didn’t deserve it. ” The words, spoken so softly, hit me like a lead fist and went straight through my chest to my heart.