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Even the Darkest Night

By: Javier Cercas,Anne McLean - translator
Narrated by: Lee Osorio
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Publisher's Summary

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • WINNER OF SPAIN’S BIGGEST LITERARY PRIZE • Barcelona detective Melchor Marín is sent to the countryside to investigate a horrific double murder. Before long, it becomes clear that nothing about the case is quite as it seems in this “sweeping romantic novel in the form of a police procedural” (Wall Street Journal).

The first book in the internationally acclaimed series: Melchor, the son of a prostitute, went to prison as a teenager, convicted of working for a Colombian drug cartel. Behind bars, he read a book that changed his life: Les Misérables. Then his mother was murdered. He decided to become a cop. 

This new case, in Terra Alta, a remote region of rural Catalonia—the murder of a wealthy local man and his wife—will turn Melchor’s life upside down yet again.

Even the Darkest Night is a thought-provoking, elegantly constructed thriller about justice, revenge, and, above all, the struggles of a righteous man trying to find his place in a corrupt world.

©2022 Javier Cercas (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

 “Cercas delivers masterful storytelling here, weaving a compelling drama . . . Moving . . . A winning choice for both literary—and crime-fiction book groups.” —Christine Tran, Booklist (starred)

Even the Darkest Night is the first in what promises to be an excellent series . . . History casts a long shadow over this tale of political and personal loyalties.” —Laura Wilson, Guardian 

“It stays in the memory . . . Cercas perfectly captures the fearful mood of a town in rural Catalonia after the crime.” —Joan Smith, The Sunday Times  

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  • 07-08-22

Ok

This is just OK. I was expecting more from this book. it wasn't much of a mystery. The translation was a bit stilted and awkward at times and made the writing seem choppy.