A betrayal and a murder in pro-Nazi Spain spark a struggle for power that grips a family for generations in this sweeping historical thriller
Fierce, edgy, brisk, and enthralling, this brilliant novel by Victor del Árbol pushes the boundaries of the traditional historical novel and in doing so creates a work of incredible power that resonates long after the last page has been turned.
When Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat living in the pro-Nazi Spain of 1941, becomes involved in a plot to kill her Fascist husband, she finds herself betrayed by her mysterious lover. The effects of her betrayal play out in a violent struggle for power in both family and government over three generations, intertwining her story with that of a young lawyer named Maria forty years later. During the attempted Fascist coup of 1981, Maria is accused of plotting the prison escape of a man she successfully prosecuted for murder. As Maria's and Isabel's narratives unfold they encircle each other, creating a page-turning literary thriller firmly rooted in history.
About Victor del ArbolSee more books from this Author
...the thrills and chills in this novel proliferate, no, they cascade, through time.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
This is award-winning Spanish author Víctor del Árbol’s first novel translated into English, and I can only hope it will not be the last.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
...fans of Larsson's novels will recognize a familiar thrill as Maria races against time to save Marta Alcala--as well as her own soul.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
Things are helped not at all by the annoying and wordy interior monologues Arbol’s psychopaths constantly segue into, the contrived end awaiting the book’s most sinister baddie, or the rather brusque and hurried way in which the book ends.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
Complex and challenging in its plotting, the novel is a real thriller, energetic and fast-paced.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
The Sadness of the Samurai is the first of this author's books to be translated into English, and is a difficult thriller and will require the reader to be patient to avoid being confused.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
Mr. Del Arbol brings these periods to life with vivid descriptions. It's very obvious that he has done his research about Spain's complex political history.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
Really, I could go on for hours about how well Del Arbol builds up his characters, but that's one of the reasons why you may want to read the book and judge for yourself.Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
I do think for those that love suspense would think this thriller was a bit convoluted...Read Full Review of The Sadness of the Samurai
An aggregated and normalized score based on 11 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes