Eduardo Quintana's life lost all meaning when his wife and daughter were killed in a tragic accident. The once renowned painter wallows in grief and guilt, subsisting on alcohol and drugs, not caring if he lives or dies.
But when a grieving mother asks Eduardo to paint a portrait of the man who killed her son, he finds himself drawn to the unusual commission. He alone understands her need to look deep into the soul of the man who changed her life forever, and he alone can help.
As Eduardo sets out to discover what it takes to know a killer, he is pulled deeper and deeper into Madrid's criminal underworld, where mercenaries, prostitutes, murderers, and thieves are all entangled in a dangerous and deadly web, in which nothing, and no-one, are as they seem.
Victor del Arbol was born in Barcelona in 1968 and was an officer of the Catalan police force from 1992 to 2012. In 2006, he won the Tiflos Best Novel Award for his book, The Weight of the Dead, and his next novel, The Sadness of the Samurai, was awarded the 2011 Best European Crime Fiction Prize. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages, and in 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Nadal literature award.