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Brought to you by Penguin.

Winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award

Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young and ambitious architect, is being followed by an old man. When confronted, he explains that his name is Salvador Carriscant - and that he is her father.

In a matter of weeks Kay will join Salvador on an extraordinary journey as they delve back into his past to not only learn the truth behind her own birth, but also to discover the whereabouts of a woman long thought dead - and to uncover the identity of a killer.

©2020 William Boyd (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Achingly memorable." (The Times)

"The finest storyteller of his generation." (Daily Telegraph)

"An extraordinary story." (John Mortimer, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year) 

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A very unethical surgeon!

Love trumps ethics in this improbable story about a dastardly surgeon in the Philippines! Beautifully written and at times quite shocking! Memorable! A great way to spend 15 hours! I hope you never see a surgeon like that! One who masturbates in the woods!

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  • 06-08-2021

Another excellent novel by William Boyd

I sometimes find myself thinking 'oh I'm not going to enjoy this as much as his others' but sure enough the characters and his fluent storytelling draw you into their world until you almost feel you are living in it.

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