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The angel's game
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Fans of Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind and new readers alike will be delighted with this gothic semiprequel. In 1920s Barcelona, David Martin is born into poverty, but, aided by patron and friend Pedro Vidal, he rises to become a crime reporter and then a beloved pulp novelist. David's creative pace is frenetic; holed up in his dream house--a decrepit mansion with a sinister history--he produces two great novels, one for Vidal to claim as his own, and one for himself. But Vidal's book is celebrated while David's is buried, and when Vidal marries David's great love, David accepts a commission to write a story that leads him into danger. As he explores the past and his mysterious publisher, David becomes a suspect in a string of murders, and his race to uncover the truth is a delicious puzzle: is he beset by demons or a demon himself? Zafón's novel is detailed and vivid, and David's narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The long-awaited prequel to The Shadow of the Wind (2001); reader TBA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters David Martin
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Lives in an abandoned mansion; writes under a pseudonym; had a troubled childhood; took refuge in books; searching for the truth behind the mysterious owner of the previous owner of his house; commissioned to write a book that people will live and die for; his true love marries his best friend.
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