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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Reprint edition (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034912342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349123424
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rugged coastline of Galicia makes a suitably unsettling setting ... Caldas is an engaging copper -- Marcel Berlins The Times A satisfying read ... a traditional procedural laced with gothic menace -- John O'Connell The Guardian Villar seduced us with his first novel, and now confirms himself as an excellent writer with Death on a Galician Shore. The plotting is as good as his descriptions of maritime life. El Pais A precise portrait of a misty, insular environment, of peaceful people caught up in violence. And a very clever plot. La Vanguardia

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* A cleverly plotted, page-turning murder mystery set on the beautiful, rugged coast of Galicia in northwest Spain

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When a fisherman is pulled from the sea on the Galician
coast,with his hands tied together,D.I.Leo Caldas,and his
deputy,Estevez are called in from nearby Vigo to investigate.
As it becomes clear that this is not a case of suicide,the
detectives are faced with the traditional Galician reserve
when they making their enquiries,leading to many false trails.

As the plot works itself out at a deliberately yet delightfully
slow pace,it is Galicia itself that almost becomes a main
character ,as we are treated to glimpses of its coastal beauty,
its cuisine,and its distinctive inhabitants.This together with
the inter-play between the two very different detectives ,and a
captivating plot, make for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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I've read through some other folk's reviews, and they seem to emphasise this book has a very slow pace. I don't agree with that at all. I would say that this book takes a surprisingly long time to read, but the actual story is well-paced. Books I classify as slow, I tend to either get too bored to continue with, or skip great chunks of description (Dickens, anyone?). This book I was never bored with, and at the end went hunting to see if there were more available, which has to be a good sign. It just seemed to take an extraordinarily long time for me to read it. Lent it to my sister who had exactly the same reaction - so I defend the pace.
Beyond that, this was entertaining, with interesting auxilliary characters and asides. It wasn't brutal, as I find some Scandinavian crime books to be, and while the thought-processes of the detective were not detailed, there were enough clues to have a fair idea of what might be happening without laying it on so thick that you know as soon as the character appeared in the book that they done it.
It probably reminded me more of Camilleri's Sicilian series rathen than those of further north.
Definitely worth a punt.
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Another corner of Europe seeks to become the new Ystad. This time, it's the endlessly drizzly north west corner of Spain. The story is of a fisherman's body washed up on a beach. You know it won't just be a suicide, don't you?

Overall, this is decent without being dazzling. The investigation seems extraordinarily languid - interviews can be done after the weekend, crime scenes can be looked at tomorrow, etc. In reality, the murderer could easily be in Bora Bora before the detectives finish yet another glass of wine. And yet, this is part of its appeal. Galicia seems to be a kind of Spanish Cornwall, and has a whimsical, slightly-off-the-map charm all of its own.

Ideally, I would prefer the detective to have a sharper and more interesting hinterland, and the plot to be a little tighter and with more thoughtful twists. As it is, the novel appears to be the early stages of what might be an enjoyable series.
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Good to have a crime novel set in a less glamorous part of Spain - with cool, rainy weather. There is no blood or gore but that doesn't detract from the story. It's easy to like the inspector too. Caldas is not a hard boiled policeman but rather a more sensitive man - who smokes and drinks in moderation. There is the main investigation into the death of the fisherman but then a disappearance from the past becomes linked. If you like bloody, gory crime, this isn't the book for you. If you like something a bit slower with more characters, then you'll love this.
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I read this when holidaying in Vigo. I think I would have enjoyed the tale anyway but it was all the better for my being on site. The streets I walked were those walked by Caldas and Estevez. The towns and villages I visited were those in the book. I ate (and enjoyed) the foods enjoyed by the central characters - and yes, Estevez is right, the lettuce is very good in Galicia. There were minor blips in the translation but not so as to mar an enjoyable story. I want to read more from this author - and I want to go back to Galicia. The two sentiments are related - each helped me better enjoy the other .
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The murder of a fisherman in a Galician village turns into a more complicated and wide reaching affair for Inspector Caldas, (the premise has already been outlined in the blurb and other reviews). The deceptively easy style of this novel and the apparently simple story line belie a deeper and more original work that gradually unfolds. Ultimately a very satisfying read, well constructed, full of local colour, humourous in parts (Caldas and the radio show/his assistant's behaviour), and cleanly translated. Recommended for fans of Euro-crime.
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I dont normally read crime, tho I love to watch it on screen, but I had just returned from a trip to Galicia when I spotted this book in the local library. As another reviewer mentioned the book is well paced but takes a long time to read. I read into the wee hours 3 nights in a row completely compelled by the pain staking unravelling of this murder. Absolutely loved the Galician backdrop, clearly this is a real landscape, the author provides amazing and consistent detail as the detectives go back and forth, and back and forth again over the same stretch of wild coast line. I was completely drawn in to the story into the place. Very impressed with the translation too. Definitely going to check out more Villar.
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