The Crime Fiction Alphabet arrives this week to letter “v”, and my V is for Villar. Domingo Villar was born in Vigo (Spain) in 1971. He works as a film and TV script writer, while he also contributes in written publications. Having been related to the world of wine since he was a child, he is a gastronomic critic for the Cadena Ser. Water-Blue Eyes is the first novel of the Leo Caldas detective series. It has sold extremely well in Spain and Latin America and has been translated into English, Italian and German, among other languages.
Water Blue-Eyes, Arcadia 2007 (originally titled Ollos de auga, Galaxia 2006, Ojos de agua, Siruela 2006). In Galicia, a land of light and shadows, ironic and ambiguous, where nothing is said and all is insinuated, a musician was found dead in a tower building by the sea. Leo Caldas, a laconic police inspector who combines his job at the precinct with a radio programme consulting bureau, strives for answers amidst the fogs of dusk and the smoke of taverns, amidst a sip of wine and the scent of pine trees and salty waters. Ojos de Agua inaugurates a series which will have Inspector Caldas as its protagonist.
My review is HERE.
Death on a Galician Shore, Abacus 2011 (originally titled A praia dos afogados, Galaxia 2009; La playa de los ahogados, Siruela 2009). One misty autumn dawn in a quiet fishing port in Northwest Spain, the body of a sailor washes up in the harbour. Detective Inspector Leo Caldas is called in from police headquarters in the nearby city of Vigo to sign off on what appears to be a suicide. But details soon come to light that turn his routine into a complex murder investigation. Finding out the truth is not easy when the villagers are so suspicious of outsiders. As Caldas delves into the mysterious maritime life of the village, he uncovers a disturbing decade-old case of a shipwreck, a ship’s captain lost at sea and the disappearance of a young woman. Death on a Galician Shore is a chilling story of violence, blackmail and revenge that has enthralled readers across Europe.
My review is HERE.
Stone Crosses (originally titled, Cruces de pedra Galaxia, Cruces de piedra, Siruela not released yet) One Tuesday in October, whilst the Galician coast is recovering from the damage caused by a major storm, a man goes to the police station worried by the lack of news from his daughter. Mónica Andrade lives in a small house by the sea, on the northern shore of the Vigo Ria. Every afternoon, she rides her bicycle along a path leading to the port of Moaña past the stone crosses of the local cemetery. From there she takes the ferry across the Ria to get to work at the town’s School of Art and Crafts. Mónica did not attend the weekly family lunch on Sunday, even though she had said she would come. Neither did she go to her pottery workshop or call to let them know she wasn’t coming. At the School of Art and Crafts the teachers are surprised by their colleague’s absence, but on the other side of the Ria her routine doesn’t seem to have changed. Everything at the missing woman’s house seems to be as it should be and the cat’s food bowl is full. As men dig for shellfish in the sand exposed at low tide and fishermen throw their nets into the water, inspector Leo Caldas stares into the sea and asks himself: Where is Mónica Andrade?
See the following video at Galicia – Granaries, Manor Houses and Stone Crosses
Biography and synopsis courtesy of Guillermo Schavelzon Agencia Literaria Barcelona.
The 2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet is a Community Meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. By Friday of each week participants try to write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. Click HERE to visit other suggestions from fellow participants.