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The Secret of Vesalius

Jordi Llobregat

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical mysteries, Thriller / suspense, Historical fiction

A gripping new Frankenstein set in 19th century Barcelona - a historical thriller sold in 18 countries

Frankenstein meets The Shadow of the Wind in a Gothic thriller set in the diabolical city of fin-de-siecle Barcelona.

Daniel Amat has left Spain and all that happened there behind him. Having just achieved a brilliant role in Ancient Languages at Oxford University and an even more advantageous engagement, the arrival of a letter - a demand - stamped Barcelona comes like a cold hand from behind.

He arrives back in that old, labyrinthine and near-mythic city a few days before the great 1888 World Fair, amid dread whispers of murders - the injuries reminiscent of an ancient curse, and bearing signs of the genius 16th century anatomist, Vesalius. Daniel is soon pulled into the depths of the crime, and eventually into the tunnels below Barcelona, where his own dark past and the future of science are joined in a terrible venture - to bring the secret of Vesalius to life.

Gothic and gripping, this historical thriller makes of Barcelona a diabolical character - emerging out of the dark into a new electrical age, aflame with spirit, superstition and science. Published in eighteen countries, Jordi Llobregat's bestselling first novel mixes a passionate setting and cryptic mystery into a genre-crossing phenomenon.

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Praise for The Secret of Vesalius

  • An excellent and atmospheric historical thriller. I loved it - Philip Kerr

  • For a long time Planeta has been tirelessly seeking the new Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Their search gained particular momentum during the harsh years of the crisis and now, just as recovery is on the horizon, it seems that they have found him. Llobregat, who is a Valencian entrepreneur and director of the festival Valencia Negra, has written a debut novel that has the power to become a phenomenon in the wake of The Shadow of the Wind - El Mundo

  • An atmospheric reconstruction of Barcelona at one of the pivotal points in its history. A gothic thriller of great inventiveness. - BBC History Magazine

  • An enjoyably over-the-top gothic thriller - Sunday Times

  • If you loved The Shadow Of The Wind, pop this on your reading list. A gripping adventure, packed with action and atmosphere. - Good Housekeeping

  • There is madness, selfishness cruelty and corruption, concluding in a bizarre grand guignol of Lovecraftian horror. There is a weird, Gothic feel to the novel, a sensation that the characters are in ethereal and disturbing times. It is an enjoyable, racy read. - Historical Novel Society

  • You've never seen Barcelona this way before - gothic, dangerous, romantic and diabolical. A breath-taking, genre-busting enigma for fans of The Shadow of the Wind. - NetGalley

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