Domingo Villar In Memoriam

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.

41UUJP5BDYL._SY264_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ML2_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.

31dwmIkGvUL._SY346_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.

41 VDIhI8FL._SY346_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.

A Recommendation For Madrid 2019 Book Fair

The Last Ferry (Original title: El último barco) by Domingo Villar

Ed. Siruela, 2019. Softcover with flaps. 712 pages. ISBN: 978-84-17624-27-9

Cubierta_GR_ElUltimoBarco.inddSynopsis: Doctor Andrade’s daughter lives in a blue house where gentle waves lap up against the shore in marked contrast to the uproar on the other side. There, fishing boats are dragged across the sand, sailors splash busily in the water and commuters to the city wait at the dock for the ferry that crosses the Vigo river every half hour.

One autumn morning, while the Galician coast is recovering from a storm, Inspector Caldas is visited by a worried man: his daughter has disappeared. She didn’t come to a family meal on 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 under the calmest waters.

About the Author: Domingo Villar (Vigo, 1971) 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. It was followed by Death on a Galician Shore. The Last Ferry is his third instalment in Leo Caldas detective series.

(Source: Schavelzon · Graham Literary Agency Barcelona)

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Domingo Villar entry in Wikipedia

2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet V is for Villar, Domingo Villar

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.

Cruces de Piedra by Domingo Villar

Cruces de Piedra (Stone Crosses), the new instalment featuring Leo Caldas by Domingo Villar, will be published  in Spain by Siruela on the coming Spring.

Synopsis: 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?      

Information taken from: Guillermo Schavelzon Agencia Literaria Barcelona.

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