A retired detective revisits the most wrenching murder investigation of his career, and discovers not only the tenacious grip of revenge but also the enduring power of love.
Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Interweaving past and present, this deeply layered mystery explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge, and asks the question: how far would you go to right an unfathomable wrong?
“A brutal murder is the starting point for this strange, compelling journey…Sacheri gives us a view of the world as a dark place illuminated by personal loyalties” –Kirkus
“A brilliant, psychological thriller… based on the past, yet a past that still reverberates so powerfully in the present.” –Arts Fuse
“Sacheri builds a startling psychological mystery about the secrets of a country corroded by state terror, and the secrets of a heart so suffocated that it cannot utter its simple, pure desire.” –Michael Greenberg, author of Hurry Down Sunshine
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press