The powerful second psychological thriller featuring Javier Falcon, the complex detective from 'The Blind Man of Seville'.
At seven years old, Mario Vega faces a terrible tragedy - his parents are dead in an apparent suicide pact.
But Inspector Javier Falcon has his doubts. In the brutal heat of a Seville summer, he dissects the disturbing life of the boy's father, Rafael Vega.
His investigation draws threats from the Russian mafia whose corruption reaches deep into the city.
He questions a creative American couple with a destructive past and uncovers the misery of a famous actor whose only son is in prison for an appalling crime.
More suicides follow and one of them is a senior policeman.
As a forest fire rages through the hills above the city Falcon must sweat out the truth that connects it all - and find the final secret in the dark heart of Vega's life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780007322138