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Water-Blue Eyes (Eurocrime) [Paperback]

Domingo Villar
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30 April 2009 Eurocrime
Amid the aroma of the sea and the Galician pines, a young saxophonist is found dead in his swanky flat overlooking the beach. The murder seems to have taken place after an encounter with a lover, but the way he was killed makes it impossible to obtain any more clues about his activities that night: his stomach, groin and thighs are burned and his genitals look hideously like a toasted cashew. Leo Caldas, a disheartened police officer still searching for his place in the world, takes on the case, as it slowly unfolds in the tense, affected atmosphere of affluent Vigo.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: EUROCRIME; Reprint edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906413258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906413255
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect short crime novel 5 Feb 2011
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller and Crime 13 April 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Galician writing. 10 Sep 2013
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A fascinating introduction to Galician fictional crime.We are fortunate that it has been translated into English.Keep up the good work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb 30 July 2013
By pj
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Caldes at his best! 14 Jun 2014
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short 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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