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O Cego de Sevilha

(Javier Falcon #1)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,088 ratings  ·  176 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, Pocket Edition, 544 pages
Published 2011 by BIS (first published January 3rd 2003)
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Chad Fairey
Nov 30, 2012 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
Paromjit
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
Daniel
Jan 08, 2015 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
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Lee
May 13, 2012 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
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Robert
Sep 17, 2010 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.
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
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Marcus
Jun 27, 2011 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 was...off. 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
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Kurt
Mar 07, 2011 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
Richard White
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Very good . Nice change of locale and style. Always refreshing to find new and exciting authors . Will continue with the series .
Labijose
Feb 20, 2016 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
Eric J. Gates
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Wilson’s intricate noir thriller ‘The Blind Man of Seville’ constantly reminded me of the classic detective novels of the 1940’s with their subtle complexities, solid storylines and in-depth characters. This is not the sort of read you can expect to finish in a few sittings. Its phrases and protagonists incite a need to bite deep into the scenes author Wilson creates, to taste the flavours of Seville in the early twenty-first century and Tangier in the ‘fifties, along with the fino and ta ...more
Bev Taylor
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first novel featuring javier falcon - and the most different

a man is found dead tied to a chair with injuries to his head but most markedly his eyelids have been removed. this sends falcon into a deep depression and eventually a breakdown

i will not mention any more about the crime as it only represents 10% of the novel. it is purely featured around the personal life of falcon and his past

of course the two turned out to be linked but it is a most disturbing journey that he has to follow

th
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Katia N
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Totally Unputtable thriller, a bit too dark, a bit too long, but overall quit enjoyable in a way the good thrillers are. The author is the master of creating the atmosphere of the place. In this novel it is Modern Sevile and Spanish morocco straight after the war. It attempts to deal with quite profound themes like courage facing unknowns in your past and taking responsibility for your actions, but I more enjoyed it on the level of the plot and atmosphere.

It is my second novel by this
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Reinaldo Lourenço
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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...
Pia
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got into the reading of this book, especially because I live in Seville. I think that Wilson tries to pack too much information about the city in a superficial way. Naming streets and celebrations without getting in depth. Nonetheless I found it engaging and somber. It's not an uplifting book. I have mix feelings with this book, since I couldn't stop reading it but I can't say I "enjoyed" it.
Susana
Jul 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mãe, ingleses
Por pouco não levava só duas estrelas... Apesar de estar bem escrito e da história ser interessante, acho que tem maldade a mais, achei muito sórdido, daí que me custe dizer que gostei... Continuo à espera de gostar tanto doutro livro deste autor como do "Ultimo Acto em Lisboa".
Miguel
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um bom policial/thriller. Violento, a 2 ritmos, já que o autor tem de recuar no tempo algumas vezes para construir história de modo à personagem principal poder juntar as peças. Absorvente.
Dlmrose
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Sally Sugarman
This is the first of four books about Chief Inspector Javier Falcon. Given the psychological breakdown that he experiences, one would expect that this would be the last book about him. However, the author who is English and divides his time between England, Spain and Portugal has other ideas as he combines elements of a psychological thriller with an historical novel told through a journal by the inspector’s artist father. Neither the father nor the son are characters with whom one can easily id ...more
Zare
Nov 04, 2010 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
Célia | Estante de Livros
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
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Rachel
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like it and parts of it were extremely good however there were also a few plot twists that just seemed a step too far.

Lovely writing style and some great characterisations. I would certainly try another by this author.
Ken Fredette
Jan 17, 2012 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.
Anna
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook, 2018
a nice dark series - finally got to enjoy this.
i think i had this bool also as a print copy sonewhere
shanghao
A contemplative thriller (oxymoronic I know) that evokes life in Seville - the author did overindulge occasionally on the descriptions, but you could almost smell the fiesta in the air, the rain that splatters off the cobbled streets.


Overview of Seville

This being the first book in a series, the story is more a character study of the protagonist - Javier Falcón, newly transferred chief inspector, offspring of one of the most famous Spanish artists in recent memory. He's very put together as a per
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Jack Hrkach
This is my second book by Wilson, and as with the first, set in Lisbon, this one is set - well, it's pretty obvious from the title. In January I visit both places so I'm gathering information from all sorts of sources, including fiction. This one is one volume in a series of novels about the same detective (finished 3 days ago and already forgetting his name.

While it's not a guide to the city, I think I know it a bit better than before I read it (which was nothing except the location of my hotel
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Amy Leigh
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was a complex, multilayered story that intertwined a murder investigation in 2001 with the lead detective's discovery of his past. On a technical note, the entries Javier Falcon reads from his father's journal are all written in italics, and when you have pages of them to read, it becomes annoying. They're all labeled as journal excerpts, so I don't see the need for italics.

This book painted two unfamiliar worlds for me: Seville in 2001 and Tangier in the 40s-60s. These exotic settings
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Eastendleo
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be my favorite book of the year. It's early yet, and I'd be ever so glad if challengers arise just for the sheer joy of having another book this good to read.

And I'm somewhat surprised. I had read the starting book in his first series, 'Instruments of Darkness,' and found it to be a middling read: enjoyable but with weakness. 'The Blind Man of Seville' displays nothing but complete mastery of craft. I found this to be a brilliant read. No misstep to mar the reading experience.

The charac
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João  Jorge
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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