Author(s): Domingo Villar
One misty autumn dawn in a quiet fishing port in northwest Spain, the body of a sailor washes up in the harbour. Detective Inspector Leo Caldas is called in from police headquarters in the nearby city of Vigo to sign off on what appears to be a suicide. But details soon come to light that turn this routine matter into a complex murder investigation. Finding out the truth is not easy when the villagers are so suspicious of outsiders. As Caldas delves into the maritime life of the village, he uncovers a disturbing decade-old case of a shipwreck and two mysterious disappearances. Death on a Galician Shore is a chilling story of violence, blackmail and revenge that has enthralled readers across Europe...
* A cleverly plotted, page-turning murder mystery set on the beautiful, rugged coast of Galicia in northwest Spain
Shortlisted for CWA International Dagger 2011.
The rugged coastline of Galicia makes a suitably unsettling setting ... Caldas is an engaging copper -- Marcel Berlins The Times A satisfying read ... a traditional procedural laced with gothic menace -- John O'Connell The Guardian Villar seduced us with his first novel, and now confirms himself as an excellent writer with Death on a Galician Shore. The plotting is as good as his descriptions of maritime life. El Pais A precise portrait of a misty, insular environment, of peaceful people caught up in violence. And a very clever plot. La Vanguardia
Domingo Villar grew up in Vigo, Galicia and now lives in Madrid. His two novels, both featuring Inspector Leo Caldas, have been highly acclaimed top-ten bestsellers in Spain, and he is the winner of a Brigada 21 Prize for best crime novel. Death on a Galician Shore is his second novel.