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Seville's chief homicide detective Javier Falcon, son of a famous painter, struggles to identify a killer who mutilates his victims while showing them unendurable images from their past. At the same time Falcon is wrestling with ghosts of his own past: his divorce and the contents of his dead father's studio which he's kept locked away for nearly two years. What he learns in these simultaneous investigations brings Falcon to verge of collapse.
This may not be a book for readers who want their mysteries to be simple mind candy. It is dark, violent, and frightening. However, if you admire the dark stories of Ruth Rendel and Nicolas Freeling, you should read THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE.
The book can and will be unsettling, not because it is gory, but it is disturbing where the minds of the characters take you.
This book easily moved into my top 10.
Inspector Jefe Falcon is called to the home of Raul Jimenez, a successful and politically influential man in his 70s --- he had been tortured until he died of heart failure. The eyelids have been cut from the mutilated body by his killer so that he cannot avoid the images playing on his TV screen, this, triggers a reaction in Falcon that is something more than horror. The primary suspect at the outset is the widow, Dona Consuelo Jimenez. But the widow is certainly not the only suspect, perhaps the murderer came out of Raul's distant past.
Falcon is tormented by this murder, more than any other crime, as the case proceeds it strikes fear into his heart...what twisted mind could have committed such a gruesome act. During the investigation, he sees a link to his family, curious he consults his father's journals revealing a dark past....
The pace in this book heightens when the journals are introduced and becomes a nail bitter as details are revealed. The author masterfully describes physical sensations: sights, smells and feelings are accomplished in a profound and disturbing way. Unfortunately, this novel includes a hefty dose of words and phrases from another language, a distraction that takes adjustment, a glossary or translation would have helped with the flow of the story. The author exploits fear to its maximum with fascinating exchanges between characters wanting to forget their painful memories and associations. The most lovable character is Falcon, he is breathtakingly lifelike.
This is a brilliant psychological thriller, an intellectual as well as frightening experience, one that draws you deeply into the subconscious texture of the plot. A wonderful read....
Thursday 12th of April, and a leading restaurateur is found slain in his home. Tied to a chair in front his TV, he has been forced to view horrifically unendurable images. The horrors of these scenes is evidenced by the self-inflicted wounds caused by Raul Jimenez's desperate struggle not to watch them. On top of that, his eyelids have been removed. The normally dispassionate detective Javier Falcon is shocked deeply, and becomes inexplicably frightened by this killer who seems to have know, intimately, every single detail of his victim's life. Never in his career has he confronted a scene so barbaric.
But, for Javier Falcon, the worst is yet to come. Because, in investigating the victim's complex past, he discovers that it is inextricably connected with that of his own father, world-famous artist Francisco Falcon. The case eventually becomes not just a hunt for a killer clearly prepared to strike again, but a voyage of discovery for Falcon as he, through Francisco's journals, learns much about his father's past and the dark secrets it hides...
This story, told through the dual narratives of fascinating diary extracts and standard third-person narration, is told expertly. Even though the first hundred pages or so grow slightly dull at times, and it takes a while to settle all the numerous characters in your mind, the pace soon picks up as we learn that the case has as much to do with the past as it does the present. The setting is described wonderfully, and the city of Seville is really brought to life, shimmering with vitality.Read more ›
Detective Javier Falcon, Chief Inspector of the Seville Homicide Department is called to investigate the murder of a well known restaurateur Raul Jiminez. Falcon not only struggles with the brutality of the murder, but also the meticulous manner in which the killer planned and stalked his prey. Falcon very quickly discovers that he is dealing with a brilliant psychopath. Ultimately, his investigation begins to touch his own past. In some ways, and with obvious differences, The Blind Man of Seville reminds me of Jeffery Deaver's The Bone Collector because of the way the killer plays with the police. However, the treatment of children in this story is disturbing....nuf said.
If there is a weakness to this book, and it is a small one, it would be the referrals to the long lost journal kept by Falcon's father. The constant break in the ebb and flow of the first story is distracting.
I am looking forward to the release of Instruments of Darkness, Wilson's next scheduled book for U. S. readers.
This is a worthy book and deserving of your attention.
Most recent customer reviews
A very good read - I am in the process of searching for Mr. Wilson's other books involving this book's main character, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2007 by So Many Books, So Little Time
I so thoroughly enjoyed Wilson's "A Small Death in Lisbon" and "The Company of Strangers" that I couldn't wait to get into this one. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by Gautam Patel
I am giving "The Blind Man of Seville" one star, but I could just as easily have given it five for the successful realization of a thriller. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader
Robert Wilson obviously loves Spain and he brings the city of Seville to life. The culture, climate and cuisine all come together in a wonderous mix. Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by C. D. Jensen
I have read and commented upon the two previous novels offered to readers by Robert Wilson in The USA, "A Small Death In Lisbon" and "The Company Of Strangers". Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by taking a rest