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The Angel's Game


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CARLOS RUIZ ZAF N, author of The Shadow of the Wind and other novels, is one of the world's most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.


The long-awaited prequel to The Shadow of the Wind (2001); reader TBA. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Fans of Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind and new readers alike will be delighted with this gothic semiprequel. In 1920s Barcelona, David Martin is born into poverty, but, aided by patron and friend Pedro Vidal, he rises to become a crime reporter and then a beloved pulp novelist. David's creative pace is frenetic; holed up in his dream house--a decrepit mansion with a sinister history--he produces two great novels, one for Vidal to claim as his own, and one for himself. But Vidal's book is celebrated while David's is buried, and when Vidal marries David's great love, David accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger. As he explores the past and his mysterious publisher, David becomes a suspect in a string of murders, and his race to uncover the truth is a delicious puzzle: is he beset by demons or a demon himself? Zafón's novel is detailed and vivid, and David's narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"[Zaf n's] visionary storytelling prowess is a genre unto itself."--USA Today

"[A] rip-roaring Gothic mystery. . . . Will keep you glued to your deck chair."--Seattle Times

"A wickedly clever tale."--Miami Herald

"Ruiz Zaf n's narrative twists and soars, part dream and part slippery reality brought to live in vivid detail.... A book for story lovers: expansive, rich and slow to digest."--Denver Post

"Zaf n can write up a storm. . . . A dream from which it would be imprudent to awake."--The Washington Post

"Absorbing.... Offers not only plenty of plot intricacies and mystery but also a lyrical style of writing.... A literary centaur in which a meditation on the craft of writing is combined with a thriller." --Los Angeles Times

"A love letter to all things literary, and a paean to the power of the written word. . . . Zaf n is a storyteller with vast gifts."--The Onion

"A thriller laden with Gothic elements. . . . A pleasure to read."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Zaf n, a master of mood and emotional manipulation, guides us through Barcelona's backstreets. . . . Readers who enjoy losing themselves completely in a grand scary story that is at once epic and intimate will find themselves spellbound."--San Antonio Express-News

"Zafon keeps the twists coming, right down to the last page."--The Oregonian

"As in The Shadow of the Wind, [Zaf n] spins a fantastically elaborate plot."--New York Times

"Zafon is a superb and often witty weaver of suspense."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A love letter to all things literary, and a paean to the power of the written word. . . . Zaf n is a storyteller with vast gifts."--The Onion

"Zafon takes us into sinful corners, indulging fantasies that are erotic, magical or violent. In the end Zaf n is the tempter. Many will fall for his vigorous and exhaustingly relentless story-telling."--The Guardian

"Gothic, fantastical and lushly atmospheric."--Wall Street Journal

"Irresistible. . . . Writhes and twists. . . . We can compare Zafon to Dickens or Poe, but his brilliant writing puts him in a league of his own. . . . Exquisite."--Bookreporter

"Endearing and addictive."--Financial Times

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