Title: Walking the Lions: A Novel of Suspense
Publisher: U.S.A.: Carroll & Graf
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition..
1ST PRINTING 5167 Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 4A-70-B
Synopsis: The unexpected message from Spain that his aunt has just died stuns Alex Nadal. It?s not just that the circumstances of her fatal fall are suspicious, it?s that his father had always led him to believe that his aunt was killed at the end of the Spanish Civil War sixty years ago. With the inheritance of her farm near Barcelona, Alex decides to leave his native New York City for his ancestral homeland. Very soon after landing on Spanish soil, however, Alex finds himself an unwelcome stranger in a country determined to keep its secrets. An unnamed party persistently makes him fantastic offers for his aunt?s estate, with hints of threats if he does not sell?yet no one will answer his questions about the truth behind his true family legacy. But Alex will not be put off and his persistence brings him up against some of the most powerful forces in the country, including Salvador Oriol, the uncrowned king of Catalonia, and his nephew Narcis, a sharply dressed thug with a talent for violence. Yet Alex is not without allies, among them Carmen, the dark-eyed arts correspondent of the Barcelona daily, who seems heaven-sent. On the other side, there is Angel, doyen of hustlers and Carmen?s ex-lover. In a thriller that matches top-notch suspense with the romantic atmosphere of Spain, Alex and Carmen unearth a dossier of explosive information on events that happened in 1938 and forced his father to flee the family farm. In trying to find out why, Alex discovers that this is a country where there is no past, only unfinished business.
About the Author: Stephen Burgen was born in Montreal but has lived in London for most of his life. He now lives in Barcelona where he reports on Spain for The Times. He has written numerous articles for the Guardian, Independent and magazines and in 1996 his first book, Your Mother's Tongue: a Book of European Invective, was published by Gollancz. Walking the Lions is his first novel.
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