Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Blind Man of Seville

The book title is rather misleading because neither the hero nor the antagonist is blind. It's the psychiatrist who helps the hero is blind, and she's not a man, obviously. Set in Seville, Spain, Chief Inspector Javier Falcón feels very troubled in a murder scene after seeing the eyes of the victim. The victim was forced to see something which was very traumatic for him, but what? There will be more victims to come and Falcón soon will find that the answers lie in his late father’s journal.

The journal itself is very interesting. Writer Robert Wilson told recent events and stories in the journal in well proportion. Falcón didn’t know what his father was like when he was young. Francisco Falcón was a soldier in the civil war and sent to Russia during WW2. Later he would become a smuggler and finally made his name as a painter. The horrors of wars are depicted well. The book is hard to put down, although the conclusion is not very convincing, at least for me. My world is too different and the killer is surely very sick. [His victims also. What terrorized them to death were their own guilts and trauma.] Okay, he wants to revenge his grandfather’s death (who deserved it anyway for stealing the painter’s wife), but why chooses the culprit’s friends? Because the culprit himself has died and he’s sick to see the culprit’s friends ways of life? In all, if there was no journal, a few lives could have been saved. When he was alive, Francisco Falcón was not a saint, but after he died, his doing still can trigger murders.

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