In the fall of 2022 we lost one of the world’s leading men of letters, Spain’s Javier Marías. We shared the news with sadness on our blog, but included a hopeful tidbit: that we’d see one more novel from him. Here we are in the spring of 2023, and here it is. Retired spy Tomás Nevinson is lured back into business to investigate three women in an attempt to uncover which of them (if any) is the perpetrator of terrorist attacks on behalf of Irish and Basque separatist groups. Elegant and psychologically suspenseful, the title character’s tale is a fitting coda to a masterful, Nobel-worthy career.
—James, Madison Books, Seattle, WA