La Dama y la muerte – The Dame and The Death

La Dama y la muerte – The Dame and The Death

Title: La Dama y la muerte – The Dame and The Death
Genre: Crime novel
Publisher: Editorial Planeta
Date of publication: January 2023
Pages: 528

Someone is watching her, breathing next to her, and she realizes that she is going to die.

Nobody knows who The Dame is, only that she paints. Nobody knows whether she is young or old, whether, she is a man or a woman or a group of people.ย  Of The Dame has only been heard that she uses her left hand, that she executes her works as if piercing the canvas. Except for those who buy the paintings, no one has seen what she hides under the brown paper with which she wraps them.

With each auction, the work increases in value and the mystery of her identity grows; but when Lucas Cรบe, the popular sportsman, is brutally murdered, Inspector Valtierra must find a link between the crime and the most recent painting by the mysterious painter that appears and he must discover who hides behind the pseudonym.

Santander, Madrid, London, Paris. An amalgam of horror and beauty, a dizzying and dark plot that plunges us into the world of art and death, into the hidden shadows that run our lives.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ is a crime-noir story with a very sound and diabolical plot, a fast-moving plot, cleverly drawn characters and an awesome denouement. All the pieces fall into place with the precision of a Swiss watch at the right moment.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ is an addictive crime thriller with dynamic readability and rhythm in crescendo. As an art historian I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, whose complex plot is perfectly plotted and not at all predictable.

It is so addictive and the plot moves along so fast that I found myself devouring the novel. The author is a true master at constructing highly descriptive passages in short chapters that they generate the spell-binding tension.

A plot that gains in complexity as the novel progresses, and with it the reader gets hooked, only more eager to know who is hiding behind those paintings than to find out who the murderer is. It is topped off with a spectacular ending that leaves you breathless until you finish reading it.

An original intrigue with a good plot and an excellent development of not only the criminal procedural plot. An ingenious and ambiguous narrative, skilfully handled and well resolved.