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The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd
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Apr 18, 10

Read in April, 2010

Dr Salvador Carrascant turns up at Kay Fischer's Los Angeles door in 1937 claiming to be his father, telling her a story of a lost love and a series of murders that happened in Manila in 1903 and asking him to accompany him to Lisbon to find the woman.

Boyd has an uncanny ability to immerse the reader in another world and another time, like few other writers. This was one of his best, in part, because the main character is first tier, unlike the neurotic second-tier main characters in his other novels.

Actually gripping, I couldn't put it down.

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