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The Silence of the White City

by Eva García Sáenz de Urturi

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Series: White City Trilogy (book 1)

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"Already a major bestseller in Spain and Latin America, the first installment of the sensational Trilogy of the White City introduces Inspector Unai López de Ayala and follows his hunt for a terrifying serial killer. Young Inspector Unai López de Ayala, known as "Kraken," is charged with investigating a series of ritualistic murders. The murders are eerily similar to ones that rattled the citizens of Vitoria twenty years earlier. But back then, police were sure they had discovered the killer, a prestigious archaeologist who is currently in jail. Now Kraken must race to determine whether the killer had an accomplice or whether the wrong man has been incarcerated for two decades. This fast-paced, unrelenting thriller weaves in and out of mythology and legends of the Basque country as it hurtles to its shocking conclusion"--… (more)
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El silencio de la ciudad blanca
Eva García Sáenz
Publicado: 2016 | 441 páginas
Novela Policial
Serie: Trilogía de la Ciudad Blanca #1 /sBP_aiPVm_G4

Tasio Ortiz de Zárate, el brillante arqueólogo condenado por los extraños asesinatos que aterrorizaron la tranquila ciudad de Vitoria hace dos décadas, está a punto de salir de prisión en su primer permiso cuando los crímenes se reanudan de nuevo: en la emblemática Catedral Vieja de Vitoria, una pareja de veinte años aparece desnuda y muerta por picaduras de abeja en la garganta. Poco después, otra pareja de veinticinco años es asesinada en la Casa del Cordón, un conocido edificio medieval. El joven inspector Unai López de Ayala —alias Kraken—, experto en perfiles criminales, está obsesionado con prevenir los crímenes antes de que ocurran, una tragedia personal aún fresca no le permite encarar el caso como uno más. Sus métodos poco ortodoxos enervan a su jefa, Alba, la subcomisaria con la que mantiene una ambigua relación marcada por los crímenes… El tiempo corre en su contra y la amenaza acecha en cualquier rincón de la ciudad. ¿Quién será el siguiente? Una novela negra absorbente que se mueve entre la mitología y las leyendas de Álava, la arqueología, los secretos de familia y la psicología criminal. Un noir elegante y complejo que demuestra cómo los errores del pasado pueden influir en el presente.
  libreriarofer | Jul 20, 2023 |
El mejor de la trilogia ( )
  jordisolisc | Aug 7, 2022 |
The Silence of the White City. Eva Garcia Saenz.2020. Set in the Basque Spain, this police procedural was exciting and interesting. It has it all: a handsome policeman, his sexy new boss, fascinating facts about Basque folklore, and plot twists galore. Kracken is charged with investigating a series of gruesome murders that are copies of murders committed 20 years ago. The problem is the man who was convicted of the murders is still in prison. Thank goodness this is the first volume of a trilogy. Lots of violence and some sex scenes ( )
  judithrs | Jun 29, 2022 |
Es una novela policiaca compleja y con bastate misterio, en la cual se nos transporta al Pas Vasco y al corazón de una investigación muy escalofriante. Siguiendo a un oficial de policía que se hace llamar "Kraken", El silencio de la Ciudad Blanca se mueve entre el pasado y el presente, y en la tradición y la mitología de la región vasca. Crímenes oscuros ya veces bastante grotescos, personajes convincentes y una trama en constante cambio que mantiene al lector enganchado. ( )
  Vanesa011 | Mar 3, 2022 |
i really, really liked this. it was so engaging, right from the get-go, and was full of enough tension and intrigue to make me never want to put it down. the writing was good (sometimes even quite good) and the glimpses into basque culture were really interesting. i particularly liked learning about the cuadrillas and how they function there; it seems so unusual and impossible a structure to have in modern times, but it seems to still be alive and well.

there were so many references to historical things in the basque region, and to mythology and legends, and even though those were things that i am not familiar with, i really enjoyed reading about them. and it was a really interesting way for the reader to learn a little about basque architecture and history. and what an unusual murder method!

i didn't really buy the attraction between kraken and alba being anything more than a sexual thing (and i wasn't sure i bought that, either) but that's really my only complaint about this. i know the writing wasn't entirely consistent, and there were probably some threads that were loose or left hanging, but i didn't really notice any of that because the plot was so compelling and clipped along, and because the writing was good in the places that mattered the most to me.

"I trusted Estibaliz's judgment the way the back wheel of a bicycle trusts the front wheel. That's how we functioned; that's how we pedaled along." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 14, 2021 |
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Eva García Sáenz de Urturiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Caistor, NickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jakubeit, AliceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olivieri, PaolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veenings, ElviraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"El mundo necesita hombres malos. Somos los que mantenemos a raya a los otros hombres malos." RUST COHLE, True Detective.
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A mi abuelo. Me sobran los motivos.
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Las cámaras de televisión se obsesionaron con acosar a mi cuadrilla. Necesitaban un titular y estaban convencidos de que mis amigos podrían dárselo. Los siguieron por toda Vitoria desde que saltó la noticia de que el asesino me había disparado: a partir de aquel momento, no hubo descanso para nadie.
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"Already a major bestseller in Spain and Latin America, the first installment of the sensational Trilogy of the White City introduces Inspector Unai López de Ayala and follows his hunt for a terrifying serial killer. Young Inspector Unai López de Ayala, known as "Kraken," is charged with investigating a series of ritualistic murders. The murders are eerily similar to ones that rattled the citizens of Vitoria twenty years earlier. But back then, police were sure they had discovered the killer, a prestigious archaeologist who is currently in jail. Now Kraken must race to determine whether the killer had an accomplice or whether the wrong man has been incarcerated for two decades. This fast-paced, unrelenting thriller weaves in and out of mythology and legends of the Basque country as it hurtles to its shocking conclusion"--

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Tasio Ortiz de Zárate, el brillante arqueólogo condenado por los extraños asesinatos que aterrorizaron la tranquila ciudad de Vitoria hace dos décadas, está a punto de salir de prisión en su primer permiso cuando los crímenes se reanudan de nuevo: en la emblemática Catedral Vieja de Vitoria, una pareja de veinte años aparece desnuda y muerta por picaduras de abeja en la garganta. Poco después, otra pareja de veinticinco años es asesinada en la Casa del Cordón, un conocido edificio medieval.
El joven inspector Unai López de Ayala —alias Kraken—, experto en perfiles criminales, está obsesionado con prevenir los crímenes antes de que ocurran, una tragedia personal aún fresca no le permite encarar el caso como uno más. Sus métodos poco ortodoxos enervan a su jefa, Alba, la subcomisaria con la que mantiene una ambigua relación marcada por los crímenes… El tiempo corre en su contra y la amenaza acecha en cualquier rincón de la ciudad. ¿Quién será el siguiente?

Una novela negra absorbente que se mueve entre la mitología y las leyendas de Álava, la arqueología, los secretos de familia y la psicología criminal. Un noir elegante y complejo que demuestra cómo los errores del pasado pueden influir en el presente.
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