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Water-blue Eyes

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Water-blue Eyes  Author: Domingo Villar, book reviewThe Galician tourist board really ought to be paying author Domingo Villar; his Leo Caldas novels set in the coastal city of Vigo are an enticing advertisement for the region. Imagine having long leisurely seafood lunches with a glass or two of wine; follow that with a quick paddle before going back to work or even a drive to a country vineyard. It’s almost worth dealing with the occasional mutilated corpse to lead that kind of life.

In Water-blue Eyes Caldas has to investigate the mysterious death of Luis Reigosa, a jazz musician. When the call comes through, Caldas is taking part in the weekly radio programme in which he tries to help members of the public with the questions they have for the police; although Leo finds that he has to pass most questions to his colleagues in the traffic section, his new found fame helps to open doors that might otherwise remain closed, a definite advantage when for a homicide detective.


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Death on a Galician Shore

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Death on a Galician Shore By Domingo Villar, book reviewLike so many other crime novels, Death on a Galician Shore opens with the discovery of a body, in this case that of Justo Castelo, a fisherman. His corpse is found washed up near the harbour of the quiet fishing village of Panxon and the death appears to be a simple suicide. However, the results of the victim’s post mortem raise several questions for police inspector Leo Caldas and his assistant, Rafael Estevez, supporting the view of the victim’s sister that Justo Castelo did not kill himself. The investigation leads Caldas to retrace the case of a shipwreck over a decade earlier in which Castelo had been one of three sailors who managed to swim to shore, leaving the boat’s skipper to die, and, as his enquiries progress, he has to find a way to penetrate this highly superstitious and tight knit maritime community.


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