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Brought to you by Penguin.

Winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award

Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young and ambitious architect, is being followed by an old man. When confronted, he explains that his name is Salvador Carriscant - and that he is her father.

In a matter of weeks Kay will join Salvador on an extraordinary journey as they delve back into his past to not only learn the truth behind her own birth, but also to discover the whereabouts of a woman long thought dead - and to uncover the identity of a killer.

©2020 William Boyd (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Achingly memorable." (The Times)

"The finest storyteller of his generation." (Daily Telegraph)

"An extraordinary story." (John Mortimer, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year) 

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Another excellent novel by William Boyd

I sometimes find myself thinking 'oh I'm not going to enjoy this as much as his others' but sure enough the characters and his fluent storytelling draw you into their world until you almost feel you are living in it.

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Great story but fell down in the end

I love this Author. It’s my 2nd book to read by him. The 1st being “love is blind” which is Excellent.
This tale is so engaging and I looked forward to getting back into the story each day but it really falls down in the end when story goes back to the main character in his present day. It’s like the author just had enough and decided to end the book which was so disappointing as the first 75% of the book had been so engaging. He does not answer so many questions. In fact he does not give reason or closure to anything in the story. Who committed the murders? What was the main character jailed on no evidence of a crime? And do many more important questions to all aspects of the story that I cannot say without divulging the story. It finishes and you say “Why” I would love for the Author to do justice to the book by re writing the final 25%.

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The narration was so grating

William Boyd is an amazing writer but this novel was ruined by the narrator. She read the book rather than told the story

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Eh.

Do not understand the positive reviews. The writing is not good but more like someone following a guide for how to write well. At times minutiae in describing irrelevant things. The narrator also did not impress. Poor male voicing and poor accents.