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O Cego de Sevilha (Javier Falcon #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,540 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
É semana santa em Sevilha. Um empresário de renome é encontrado atado, amordaçado e morto em frente da sua televisão. As feridas auto-infligidas deixam perceber a luta que travou para evitar o horror das imagens que foi forçado a ver. Quando confrontado com esta macabra cena, o habitualmente desapaixonado detective de homicídios Javier Falcón sente um medo inexplicável.
Paperback, 458 pages
Published 2007 by Dom Quixote (first published January 1st 2003)
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Chad Fairey
Nov 30, 2012 Chad Fairey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-booklist
I must confess that, when I dove into the Blind Man of Seville, I did it primarily for the narrative setting and expected it to be an indulgent but superficial detective story of almost "pulp" quality. A few chapters in, and I quickly realized how wrong I was -- this is a rich, complex and intricately woven tale that brings the best of historical fiction, thriller and detective fiction together in delightful and delicious fashion. Many detective writers are adept, spinning text that is tightly b ...more
Stephen Hayes
A crime novel set in Spain.

Unlike some crime novels set in non-English-speaking countries, this one was not written in Spanish and then translated, but appears to have been written in English from the start, though it has quite a lot of Spanish words and phrases in it. The author has an English name, but his bio says nothing about where he was born or where he lives, or whether he lives or has lived in Spain.

The story grows more interesting and compelling as one gets into it. Robert Wilson uses
Jun 27, 2011 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you rate a book that's a tad too long but a well-written too long? I felt BMoS was long for a murder mystery and the pacing Consider that the first eight chapters in the book, roughly 20% of the book, comprised a single day. Don't get me wrong, the writing was good but the story definitely lagged in some spots.

I suppose Wilson was trying to flesh out his character but I felt he sacrificed the tension/buildup. There were several times where meaningless details that didn't add b
Jan 08, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

Reading this book made me want to visit Seville to experience the crowds that drift from cafe to cafe well into the early morning hours. It was easy to feel bad for the protagonist, Falcon, as he sank into a "miserable PI" role while others embraced what they had in life.

More thoughts:

I loved Wilson's description of the setting and the people in it; I did not care as much for the book's mystery or its antagonist. I got the sense that Wilson combined his sentiments about Seville with
May 19, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed the book immensely. It is like a Scandinavian crime novel set in Seville but with even more emphasis on the psychological state of the detective. The writing is beautiful, after a particular chapter I was so moved I could not continue to read on immediately - it just didn't seem right. There are lovely descriptions of life in Seville and Spain, such as the brothers setting up the ham leg for the big family lunch. The novel will not be to everyone's taste as it is not a simple straight
Mar 11, 2011 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon works a bizarre case with his homicide team in Seville, Spain, that hits extremely close to home. As he uncovers the twisted past of his famous-artist father, he slowly experiences a series of epiphanies that leave him emotionally brittle yet compelled to discover the relationship between his own past and the killer at large. After finding his father's diaries ... it begins to come together. Author Robert Wilson k ...more
Reinaldo Lourenço
May 21, 2014 Reinaldo Lourenço rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2014
Bom... o que dizer deste livro?
Gostei bastante mas nao tanto como "O Ultimo acto em Lx".
Acho que o livro é muito extenso, apesar de estar mto bem escrito. A inclusao dos diarios do pai pelo meio da trama está mto bem conseguida.
Como detective nao posso dizer que tenha gostado muito do Javier Falcon, o gajo por vezes torna-se um bocado deprimente :(
Nao tenho o 2º livro da Saga, pode ser que encontre pela feira do livro. Os livros do RW sao um bocado carotes...
Mar 08, 2016 Labijose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En primer lugar, destacar que no es el típico thriller. En esta novela Robert Wilson nos describe a Javier Falcón, un detective que trabaja en Sevilla, en plena semana santa, investigando el brutal asesinato de un restaurador, al que le han sacado los ojos mientras le obligaban a ver un video que sin duda no quería ver. Pero aparte del crimen en sí mismo, y de todas las complejidades que de él se derivan, nos encontramos con la propia angustia del personaje protagonista. El detective no sólo ten ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Zare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I found this book to be extremely difficult to finish. It is not about gruesome murders described in it nor characters themselves. No. [return][return]It is about entire disturbing depressive setting, journey of the main character [one Javier Falcon] through the history of his family - more precisely his father's. [return][return]Inspector Javier is one of those "crusader" policeman who never gets the easy mission - he always encounters people without any conscience, tries to dissect truth from ...more
Como gosto de ir variando em termos de géneros literários que vou lendo, desta vez optei por um policial. Deixem-me que vos diga que não sou propriamente fã. É das tais coisas que não se conseguem explicar muito bem... Até hoje, ainda não encontrei aquele autor que me fizesse mudar de opinião, mas quem sabe...

"O Cego de Sevilha" é um bom livro. Boa história, com bastante suspense, bem escrito, com uma excelente exploração das personagens (nomeadamente da personagem principal, Javier Falcón). A f
Feb 18, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book because I'll be going to Seville and Morocco (the story is set largely in these places) later this year. Also, as some or all of this series of books had been made into a TV series I figured it couldn't be that bad (I missed the shows).

Well, for the first part of the book it was that bad. OK, we'd had a yucky death but after that it seemed to plod interminably with new plot lines leading seemingly nowhere. Javier Falcon (the main detective character) seemed beset by the demon
Wilson is a master of plots, and this book is no exception. He also writes really well, for the most part. But the question i how to write a fairly elegant story of the nature of evil, replete with a fair amount of violence (including torture and murder) and graphic sexual encounters, and a total absence of humor. This book reminds me of the Bangkok series by John Burdett, only those are more colorful and frequently witty.

The basic story here is interesting, but there are too many complications
Sep 17, 2010 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A seemingly interesting story line which gets lost in a maze and emerges into very little - occasional good use of language spoilt by over complicated construction and, in the end, unbelievable plot. A Sunday Times recommendation gone wrong.
Ken Fredette
Feb 19, 2012 Ken Fredette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His style of writing is completely different when he writes about Africa in his Bruce Medway series. I like this story because it was so believable in that all the acts of violence were real in there telling.
I would like to remark on the male characters that Robert Wilson creates. They make this novel absorbing and a reason that I continued to the end. These are not really men who have much in the way of redeeming characteristics, are frighteningly misogynistic, violent and happy to kill and murder for the basest of motives. Probity and ethics elude them. Such are the characters of the murdered victim that Falcon encounters and as we learn later, his father. His father is pivotal to the entire premi ...more
Manuel Antão
Mar 28, 2015 Manuel Antão rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007

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Beim Lesen dieses Buch war ich gänzlich entgeistert! Es hört sich nicht an wie ein Krimi…:)
Als ich schon ungefähr 50 Seiten gelesen habe, war ich gänzlich entgeistert! Seit langer Zeit lese ich kein Buch mit dieser Qualität. Eins der besten Bücher seit langer Zeit!
Wirklich hervorragend ist der unglaublich komplizierte und nicht leicht durchschaubare Plot.
Es ist sehr stilistisch. Es hat mich irgendwie an Hemingway
Sandra Danby
Aug 25, 2015 Sandra Danby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The first time I heard of the Javier Falcón books was when the first was dramatized on TV, and unfortunately I missed it. So it was with anticipation that I turned to the first of the four books, The Blind Man of Seville. My first impression was that it was the longest detective book I’d read in a while, but the reason for this soon became apparent: the back story in Tangiers. In a note at the back of the book, Wilson directs his readers to the full-length diaries he wrote for Francisco Falcón, ...more
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Javier Falcon book 1

Inspector Jefe Falcon is called to the home of Raul Jimenez, a successful and politically influential man in his 70s --- he had been tortured until he died of heart failure. The eyelids have been cut from the mutilated body by his killer so that he cannot avoid the images playing on his TV screen, this, triggers a reaction in Falcon that is something more than horror. The primary suspect at the outset is the widow, Dona Consuelo Jimenez. But the widow is certainly not the onl
Rodrigo Oliveira
Jul 10, 2012 Rodrigo Oliveira rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Creio que este foi o primeiro policial que li e, sinceramente, confesso que não é o meu género literário preferido.
A história desenrola-se sob a perspectiva do detective de homícidios Javier Fálcon que, na investigação de um assassínio macabro, ver-se-á envolvido numa viagem ao passado da sua família, nomeadamente do seu pai.
Não obstante os meus gostos literários se orientarem para outra "prateleira", a leitura deste Cego de Sevilha acabou por ser agradável. No entanto, para um policial, achei q
Oct 31, 2008 Babette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was a wonderful book, a book that uses the metaphor of a crime to investigate the psychological mysteries of the detective. The backdrop of Seville during Semana Santa and of Tangiers after WWII heightened the intrigue.

"I thought that when my father died I would be pleased. It would be a relief and a release from ... It would signify the end of all these unfinished thoughts....Thoughts that have no ending. Thoughts that are interminable because they have no resolution. Thoughts that leave y
David Fenton
Oct 26, 2010 David Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story, told through the dual narratives of standard third-person and diary entries, is expertly handled. The opening chapters can seem slow at times due to the use of Spanish terminology as well as the need to introduce as many of the main players as possible. However, the pace soon picks up as Javier Falcon, the detective, investigates the murder of a leading restaurateur, struggles with the demands of a new job in a new city, and seeks to understand the motivations of his late father, a f
Jul 18, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This book is difficult to rate given the system available. Wilson's writing is commendable, his description evocative and his portrayal of psychological tension compelling. However, the gruesome murders and the breakdown of the main character, Javier Falcón make for an unsettling read. This police procedural makes the reader feel as if it is happening in real time and left me as exhausted as Falcón by the climax. Sunny Seville by day becomes a menacing character itself by night. Secrets abound, ...more
Natacha Martins
Apr 22, 2010 Natacha Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
É um livro muito interessante, passa por várias épocas da história espanhola, a guerra civil e a segunda guerra mundial. Durante a investigação fazem-se referências às suspeitas de corrupção aquando da Expo'92 em Sevilha. Fala-se de pedofilia e do contrabando praticado nos anos 50, 60 no norte de África em Tânger, onde viviam muitos espanhóis.
Está muito bem escrito com uma história equilibrada com as doses certas de tensão. O único senão para mim foi não haver uma melhor caracterização do assass
Hum... Confesso que estava a espera de mais. Trata-se de um policial, na minha opinião, mediano, sem grandes surpresas e - um grande defeito num policial - muito previsível, sendo garantida alguma imprevisibilidade pelo facto de o verdadeiro culpado permanecer oculto ao leitor até praticamente o fim do livro.

Logo no início do livro percebe-se quase instintivamente que o assassinato irá orbitar em torno da esfera pessoal do Inspector Jefe Falcón, e a criação de todo o background histórico se enre
Mike Coleman
Jul 24, 2013 Mike Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dark, potent book moves back and forth in time at its own sweet pace. Like another mystery of Wilson's, A Small Death in Lisbon, Blind Man traces the roots of contemporary evil to the buddyship between the Iberian peninsula and Nazi Germany in WWII; I find it a fascinating premise for a book.

Mingled with the contemporary story, the journal entries of Inspector Javier Falcon's father, a debauched artist and gun-happy smuggler of goods from Morocco to Spain during the war, are beautifully don
João  Cardeira Jorge
Aug 20, 2013 João Cardeira Jorge rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with a strong stomach!
“The Blind Man of Seville” is a well written, competent thriller that almost reaches greatness but never quite gets there. The book has two flaws. The first is Javier Falcon, the protagonist. Hes a homicide cop in Seville, a quiet, stoic man, always in control and emotionless in his job. This all changes when he reaches the scene of a horrific homicide and looks at the disfigured face of the tortured victim, Raul Jimenez, an elderly man who was tied and forced to watch something so horrible to h ...more
Mar 14, 2012 andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not to judge a book by its cover (or an author by his name), I didn't have the greatest expectations that an author blandly named "Robert Wilson" would be able to transport me to Spain, or provide me with unique insights into the culture or the region. However, the recommendation of a Latin Americanist anthropology professor who lives part time in Spain was enough for me to temporarily suspend my disbelief.

As the book began, I found myself thinking I was reading a trashy beach burner, but it did
Edwin Battistella
Oct 16, 2013 Edwin Battistella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My book group read A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON featuring inspector José Coelho last year, and this year got around to THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE, the first in the Inspector Javier Falcón series. Like Coehlo, Falcón is brooding and complex and this book is much more of a dark psychological study of its two main characters, Inspector Javier Falcón and especially his father, the artist Francisco Falcón. Despite the darkness, or because of it, it was gripping and especially at the start—Francisco’s diarie ...more
There were parts I thought were well done and interesting, but the book really lacked something. Very self indulgent perhaps. I hated Francisco Falcon and didn't understand why his son didn't express more surprise and disgust at the things his father did, war or not. Maybe the book tried to do too much. In a nutshell the story tries to solve a heinous crime(s), pyschoanalyze the leading police detective and his relationship with his father and remember his mother as he himself is suffering a bre ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read many police/crime dramas. I chose this one because of the setting. I'd love to see Seville. And I got a good taste of it. The author is a Brit living in Spain, so he sees the country with fresh eyes. I wanted to join the protagonist, Chief Inspector Javier Falcon, for tapas and fino as he prowled the streets at night. Falcon was a deep and complex character. I especially enjoyed the psychoanalysis of his character as he struggled to solve a series of murders that intertwined with hi ...more
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Robert Wilson has written thirteen novels including the Bruce Medway noir series set in West Africa and two Lisbon books with WW2 settings the first of which, A Small Death in Lisbon, won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1999 and the International Deutsche Krimi prize in 2003. He has written four psychological crime novels set in Seville, with his Spanish detective, Javier Falcón. Two of these books (The Bl ...more
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