By Arturo Perez-Reverte, Frank Wynne
WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION’S foreign DAGGER
For lovers of Alan Furst and Carlos Ruiz Zafón comes a haunting and layered mystery full of historical past, 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. recognized for his razor-sharp research skills—as good as his brutal interrogation methods—Tizón has obvious every little thing. Or so he inspiration. His inquiry into the murders unearths a stunning development: each one sufferer has been chanced on the place a French bomb exploded. good judgment tells him to go it off as accident; 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 edge, violence and desperation weave jointly the lives of a gaggle of not going humans: the Spanish taxidermist who doubles as a French undercover agent; the younger girl 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 excellent 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 movement at the bomb-scarred chessboard prior to the killer claims one other pawn.
Combining fast moving narrative with scrupulous historic accuracy, this clever, suspenseful story of human resilience is Arturo Pérez-Reverte on the peak of his talents.
Praise for The Siege
“A genre-bending literary mystery . . . Pirates; serial killings; steamy, unrequited love: Pérez-Reverte imbues the sensational with importance. . . . His descriptions of town and other people of Cádiz trap colours, smells and personalities, making the web page come to lifestyles, and he balances those sensory passages with dense observations approximately heritage, metaphysics, technology, and human nature.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Bold . . . [Pérez-Reverte’s] most sensible but . . . an formidable highbrow mystery peopled with colourful rogues and antiheroes, meticulous in its ancient aspect, with a plot that rattles alongside to its unforeseen finale. It’s difficult to think about a modern writer who so easily marries well known and literary fiction as enjoyably as this.”—The Observer
“Pérez-Reverte has lengthy been Spain’s most well-liked, artistic author of ancient fiction. . . . this can be a giant and impressive novel, wealthy in personality and incident.”—The Sunday Times
Acclaim for Arturo Pérez-Reverte
“John le Carré meets Gabriel García Márquez . . . Pérez-Reverte has a tremendous following . . . and it’s spreading.”—The Wall highway Journal
“The Da Vinci Code and the rule of thumb of Four . . . faded compared to Pérez-Reverte’s novels.”—Time Out New York
“It’s a unprecedented novelist who can create a literary page-turner. Arturo Pérez-Reverte . . . is a type of rarities.”—The Denver Post