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3.0 out of 5 stars Galician Noir, 17 Mar. 2009
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Domingo Villar's Water-Blue Eyes is set in Vigo, once the centre of a rich Atlantic fishing industry and the Galician struggle for autonomy but now somewhat cloven into distinct worlds of arty gay types and gastronomes and the super-rich and the depressingly quotidian. A quiet jazz musician is found hideously tortured to death in one of the fanciest penthouses in Vigo, and the protagonists, a disillusioned Inspector Caldas and his hair-trigger-tempered Zaragozan colleague, spend several days consuming fine white wine and simple gastronomic delights, interrogate high-society homosexuals and their coterie, fend off inquisitive questioning into their private lives by friends and family, and eventually discover that the murderers had been motivated by the oldest desire in the world. I may add the descriptions of the victims are particularly graphic, of the sort that Ian Rankin associated with lesbian crime-writers, but I have to say that Villar bows to nobody in his hair-raising prose.
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