- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Villar's books are sensual and atmospheric, Caldas one of a handful of truly memorable literary detectives.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A first novel, his second is better, but still so evocative of the Wild West edges of Europe, the food, the culture, but hopefully not the crimes!Published 11 months ago by Wildfire
This is an utterly incompetent translation, chockfull of nonsense, non-sequiturs and terrible foreigner's English. Read morePublished 16 months ago by terence dooley
I have already read the 2nd. Book, but this was excellent. Lots of twists and turns, characters are so real I can picture them. Waiting for the third book!Published 20 months ago by b johnson
A fascinating introduction to Galician fictional crime.We are fortunate that it has been translated into English.Keep up the good work.Published on 10 Sept. 2013 by peterkin
As an experiment, I read five detective novels over Easter. The one common factor was that they were all in translation. I thought it would be interesting to compare. Read morePublished on 24 April 2009 by Stevie