In this gripping historical thriller, the search for a mysterious and powerful object hidden in the heart of Barcelona leads to ambition, desire, love—and murder
An intriguing letter from his adoptive father, Artur, turns novelist Enrique Alonso’s world upside down. Artur, a well-known antiquarian in Barcelona, reveals that he has discovered an ancient manuscript, but he feels uneasy, as though he’s in over his head. But before Artur can piece together the final part of the puzzle, he is attacked and murdered. Enrique rushes to Barcelona to investigate his father’s death and retrieve the book. His ex-wife, Bety, a philologist, comes to his aid and the two set about translating and deciphering the encrypted text. Written in Latin and Old Catalan, the manuscript holds the key to the location of a priceless object dating back to the Middle Ages, and a secret closely guarded by the Jewish community living in the city’s Gothic Quarter. When Enrique and Bety realize they are not the only ones following the trail, it becomes a race against time to find the mythical object that has the power to transform lives.
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“Offers all the ingredients—intrigue, action, treasure to discover . . . that a fan of [historical fiction] hopes to find.” —El Correo
“Sanchez’s novel flows with clarity from one chapter to another. The dovetailing of events is masterful, and the ease of the prose immediately evokes the vividness of a film . . . The Antiquarian is a lesson in good writing.” —La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
“A very exciting thriller . . . you will be glued to the book until the last page.” —Alto Adige
“A thriller that plunges headlong into the Barcelona of Zafón and Falcones.” —Eva magazine
“Sánchez respects the reader’s intelligence, reveals the necessary bits and plot twists at precisely the right intervals, and maintains perfect pace with multidimensional characters, which he wisely limits in number. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
About the author
Julián Sánchez (b. 1966), a native of Barcelona, decided to be a writer after reading Jack London’s novel Martin Eden at the age of ten, but also developed a career in the pharmaceutical industry and played professional basketball for fifteen years. He continues to have close ties with the sport, currently as a trainer. Literature and basketball are two fundamental activities in his life.