Due to the sad and untimely death of Domingo Villar (1 January 1971 – 18 May 2022) I’m updating here my information on Domingo Villar books’.
Domingo Villar was a Spanish crime writer, born and raised in Vigo. He was the author of three acclaimed and bestselling novels which feature his protagonist, Inspector Leo Caldas. All three novels were originally published in Galician before being translated into Spanish by the author himself, and have been translated into many other languages. He received great recognition and many awards for his writing, including the Frey Martín Sarmiento Prize, the Sintagma Prize, and the 21st Brigade and was also a finalist for the Crime Thriller Awards and the Dagger International in the UK, the Le Point du Polar Européen in France and the Swedish Crime Novel Academy Award, The Martin Beck Prize. The Last Ferry is the latest instalment of the Inspector Caldas series.
Water Blue-Eyes, Arcadia 2007 (originally titled Ollos de auga, Galaxia 2006, Ojos de agua, Siruela 2006). 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 a sexual encounter with a lover: there are two glasses filled with gin in the living room, and the dead man, Luis Reigosa, is tied by the wrists to the headboard of the bed. But the way he was killed makes it impossible to obtain any more clues about his activities that night: his stomach, groin, genitals and thighs are horribly burned. The unusually cold-blooded and cruel murder is assigned to Leo Caldas, a disheartened police inspector still searching for his place in the world. The case unfolds between inviting nights at the jazz clubs and the tense, affected atmosphere of affluent Vigo.
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 this routine matter 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 maritime life of the village, he uncovers a disturbing decade-old case of a shipwreck and two mysterious disappearances. Death on a Galician Shore is a chilling story of violence, blackmail and revenge that has enthralled readers across Europe…
My review is HERE.
The Last Ferry (originally titled, O último baco Galaxia, El último barco, Siruela 2020) Domingo Villar returns with the most eagerly awaited crime novel of recent years. Doctor Andrade’s daughter lives in a blue house that looks out to the gentle waves that lap up onto the beach in a marked contrast to the uproar on the other shoreline. There, fishing boats are dragged across the sand, sailors splash busily in the water and rushed commuters wait at the dock for the ferry that crosses the Vigo river to the city every half hour. One autumn morning, while the Galician coast is still recovering from a storm, Inspector Caldas is visited by the worried Doctor: his daughter, Mónica, has disappeared. She didn’t come to their family meal at the weekend or give her class in ceramics at the School of Art and Crafts the following Monday. Although nothing in the home or routine of Mónica Andrade appears to have changed, Leo Caldas will soon find that in life, as on the sea, devastating currents can lurk beneath the calmest of waters.
My review will follow soon.