"The time is the 1950s; the place, Barcelona. Daniel Sempere, the son of a widowed bookstore owner, is 10 when he discovers a novel, The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. The novel is rare, the author obscure, and rumors tell of a horribly disfigured man who has been burning every copy he can find of Carax's novels. The man calls himself Laín Coubert-the name of the devil in one of Carax's novels.
"In this sequel to Littlejohn (1992), the author's first novel, Littlejohn McCain has been dead for more than a decade. His daughter, Georgia, is now a university professor, a widow, and a divorcee, preparing for the long, gentle slide toward the end of her life. But when her cousin Jenny dies, and Georgia returns home to the North Carolina town of East Geddie, she not only discovers there's a murder mystery to be solved but also experiences, quite unexpectedly, the emotional rush of true love." (Book Description)
A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction. In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry I is no friend of the Jews-or anyone, really-but he is invested in their fate.