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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: EuroCrime (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905147767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905147762
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'EuroCrime introduces Spanish scriptwriter Domingo Villar's elegant literary mystery Water-Blue Eyes with disheartened Inspector Caldas investigating the hideous murder of a young saxophonist in a swanky seafront flat amid the Galician pines' - Publishing News, New Names to Watch'Villar's prose is brilliantly concise and depicts consistent scenes and characters' - Babelia'Here is a good story that's not overly cinematographic and has no vacuous dialogue. Situations are resolved elegantly and skilfully. Villar doesn't lose the reader's attention for a second. A great debut.' - El Cultural

About the Author

Domingo Villar was born in 1971 and lives in Madrid, where he works as a scriptwriter for film and television. He is a radio food critic and frequent contributor to various periodicals. Blue-Water Eyes, set in the city of Vigo, Galicia, where the author grew up, is the first novel in the Inspector Caldas series. Domingo Villar is currently working on the second instalment.


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Water-blue Eyes is simply a perfect short crime novel, 176 pages long. It is a debut novel, but the character of Inspector Leo Caldas has lived a life before the book opens, and I am sure continues to live outside its pages. When we first encounter him, however, he his fulfilling his weekly stint on the local radio station's phone-in programme "Patrol in the Air" in which he answers questions from listeners between musical numbers. Caldas really does not like the programme or this part of the job, partly because most of the callers complain about noise and other matters for the city police, not relevant to homicide, the department in which he works. By the end of the introductory chapter, and this week's edition of the programme, Caldas has noted in his book "City police, nine; crazies, two; Leo, nil".
The novel is set in the town of Vigo in the Galicia region of Spain, which sounds extremely beautiful. Galicia is in the north-west of the country, with Vigo in the south-western part. Along the Atlantic coast are archipelagos, little islands and rias (drowned valleys). Inevitably, progress and commercialism are eating into the distinguished, long history of the region, and Caldas's case takes him to one such project - a huge apartment block on a tiny offshore island connected to the mainland by a bridge. It is in one of these apartments that a body has been found.
One of the many joys of this book is the mismatched partnership of Caldas, imbued in the traditions, proud history, and rambling, leisured manner of the region; and Rafael Estavez, the huge, irate, sweaty sergeant who has been transferred under some kind of a cloud from his native Zaragoza and assigned to Caldas by his boss, Salo, to keep him out of trouble and out of his hair, as far as possible.
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Only two of the books by Domingo Villar have been translated into English. Both very good reads with a sense of place, Vigo and Galicia in Spain. Good characterisation and plot. Hope more are in the pipeline!!
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There is much to admire in Villar's writing style, which is concise and expressive, and Water-Blue Eyes is a pleasurable read. Leo Caldas, as the disillusioned and weary inspector, and his assistant, the explosive Rafael Estevez, are engaging characters, though somewhat enigmatic due the general lack of back story. In this sense, Villar does a great job at following the `show don't tell' maxim, but the result is I never really felt I got to know the characters that well beyond broad pointers. I think this is partly a function of length. At 167 pages, space delimits the extent to which one gets to know the principal characters using this storytelling technique. The length also restricts the plot, which is interesting but relatively straightforward, that has a twist at the end. The plot could have been fleshed out a bit more, especially the ending which is wrapped up conveniently and too quickly. Basically, I wanted more! Whilst I did find elements of the book a little disappointing, Water-Blue Eyes has enough positives - such as it style, dry wit and sense of place - to make me want to read the next book in the series. Indeed, my sense is that Caldas and Estevez hold much promise as a fictional partnership, and Villar's assured writing will make for an engaging and entertaining read.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2014
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I have wanted to read this book for a long time but it wasn't offered on Kindle and I'm barred from buying books due to space constraints so I snapped it up when I saw it released on Kindle. I was not disappointed. Apart from the length which is rather short this is a great book. Vigo, the town, is almost like another character in the book with the heat, food, scenery and native traits all well portrayed. The characterisation is interesting with the cool, urbane Inspector Caldas acting as a foil to the hot headed Estevez and there is humour, more of the mouth twitching kind than laugh out loud but enough to keep you turning the pages. The plot is necessarily slim due to the length of the novel but I found it compulsive. All in all this is a very good read for a debut.
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Lyrical, labyrinthine, clever and beautiful.
Villar's books are sensual and atmospheric, Caldas one of a handful of truly memorable literary detectives.
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i thought this was written after 'death on a galician shore' , which was brilliant and very evocative in its depiction of galicia. i was very disappointed with this as i expected it to be as good or better. i now realise that this is actually a prequel,which explains alot. it's like being given a tapas when you ordered a main! bizzare plot but like bad sex it was over before you wanted it to be! at least villar went on to write a much better book after 'cutting his teeth' on this and i will still be looking out for his new stuff.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2012
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Disheartened inspector Leo caldas investigates the horrible killing of a young saxofonist with his temperamental subordinate Estévez in this atmospheric, but not that exciting, murder mystery.

The writing is good and the descriptions of location and characters are great, but I kept having to re-read passages as my mind wandered because the mystery itself just wasn't compelling enough to keep me interested for long.

A quick read and a good travel mystery, but needed a bit more oomph
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