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In this long-awaited sequel to The Antiquarian, the discovery of an enigma concealed in the paintings of the Spanish artist Sert proves the restoration of the past to be a fascinating but deadly business

Enrique Alonso travels from his new home in Manhattan to San Sebastián, Spain, to attend the reopening of the San Telmo museum, where his ex-wife, Bety, works in public relations. There he meets American Craig Bruckner, a retired art restorer studying the museum’s collection of works by Sert—a contemporary of Picasso and Dalí who worked for the most famous billionaires of his time and whose mural American Progress graces the walls of Rockefeller Center. When Bruckner is found drowned in La Concha bay, Bety suspects foul play and Enrique agrees to help her look into the man’s death. Their investigation reveals a mystery connected with Sert’s checkered past, which provides fertile ground for the new thriller Enrique is writing, and the plot develops in parallel to his research.

Enrique and Bety’s reconstruction of the artist’s clandestine activities during World War II leads them to Paris, Barcelona, and New York, and in the process forces them to face their own past. But they are not the only ones interested in Sert’s work, and it appears there is more to his paintings than meets the eye.

ABOUT Julián Sánchez

  • BIOGRAPHY

    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.
       
    Sánchez’s first novel, El Anticuario (The Antiquarian) has been translated into thirteen languages thus far. His two subsequent books, La voz de los muertos (The voice of the dead) and El rostro de la maldad (The face of evil), have also begun their international trajectories. His fourth novel, the long-awaited sequel to The Antiquarian, will be published in April 2013.

    Sánchez is married and has two children. He and his family reside in the wonderful city of San Sebastián, Spain.

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