WINNER OF THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2014
Cadiz, 1811. While the city is under siege from the marauding French army, an even greater menace is lurking within the city walls: a serial killer is on the loose, flaying young women to death. Each of these murders takes place near where a French bomb has just fallen. In order to find the murderer, police commissioner Rogelio Tizon begins to perceive the city as a vast chessboard as he tries to predict his unknown opponent's next deadly move.
In the claustrophobic atmosphere of the besieged town, an heiress, an unscrupulous corsair captain, a taxidermist who is also a spy and a hardened soldier begin to cross paths, and behind them all the figure of Tizon is getting closer to deciphering the lethal pattern behind the murders...
With all the intrigue and romance of Perez-Reverte's bestsellers, The Dumas Club and The Flanders Panel, THE SIEGE is the story of a city and a people who will never be the same again.
Arturo Perez-Reverte's bold new thriller ... THE SIEGE is his best yet: an ambitious intellectual thriller peopled with colourful rogues and antiheroes, meticulous in its historical detail, with a plot that rattles along to its unexpected finale - OBSERVER
Perez-Reverte's novel is an intelligent thriller packed with intrigue and romance - DAILY MAIL
Arturo Perez-Reverte has long been Spain's most popular, inventive writer of historical fiction ... this is a big and bold novel, rich in character and incident - SUNDAY TIMES
Arturo Perez-Reverte is the great European storyteller of the 21st century
Arturo Perez-Reverte is one of the foremost living Spanish novelists. He began life as a reporter and has covered conflicts such as the wars in Eritrea, Sudan, Mozambique and the first Gulf War. But he is also an internationally bestselling author, best known outside Spain for books such as The Dumas Club, The Fencing Master and The Flanders Panel.