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El asedio narra el pulso asombroso de un mundo que pudo ser y no fue. Young women are found dead, their throats severed by the cutting slash of a whip. And in each place, just before another dead body is found, a French bomb has exploded. These events create a sinister sketch over the city: a complex chess board where the hand of a mysterious player — a ruthless murderer, chance, the direction of the winds, the estimation of probabilities — moves the pieces that determine the fate of the characters: a savage and corrupt police officer, the heiress to a local commercial empire, an unscrupulous privateer, a misanthropic taxidermist and spy, a guerilla fighter from the coast capable of inspiring the most tender feelings, and an eccentric artilleryman more concerned with finding a solution to the short range of his mortar and shells than with war. El asedio reconstructs the extraordinary pulsating beat of a real or imaginary world.

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It is ostensibly a historical crime novel about a serial killer on the loose in the Spanish port of Cadiz, during the French siege of The mysterious murderer tortures young women near sites where the French bombs fall, and at times seems to have the uncanny ability Perez-Reverte is well known as a writer of swashbuckling adventures and crime stories, but his novels are rarely mere plot-driven yarns.

The mysterious murderer tortures young women near sites where the French bombs fall, and at times seems to have the uncanny ability to actually predict which part of the city will be attacked. To tell his story, Perez-Reverte assembles a cast worthy of grand opera. We get to meet a wealthy heiress of an importation firm and her circle of friends, servants and relatives; a corsair captain and his more aristocratic rival; a pro-French embalmer and spy; an inspector of dubious morals who is confronting his demons; a French army captain and his artillerymen Similarly, the "crime story" is just one of the many narrative strands.

Along the way we witness sea battles and skirmishes, we learn about the contemporary political situation in Europe and America and about military tactics, we get atmospheric evocations of Cadiz and its surroundings and spy on an unlikely romance between two of the protagonists. This therefore, is a novel in which there is much to enjoy and which I was determined to like.

The problem is that it becomes too much of a good thing. As the murders and chapters pile up, one starts to wish Perez-Reverte would wrap up the novel and reveal the identity of the murderer. When he does, the resolution seems unconvincing and contrived. It is a pity as, despite my reservations, I feel that many of the characters and scenes will remain with me for a long time.

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It is ostensibly a historical crime novel about a serial killer on the loose in the Spanish port of Cadiz, during the French siege of The mysterious murderer tortures young women near sites where the French bombs fall, and at times seems to have the uncanny ability Perez-Reverte is well known as a writer of swashbuckling adventures and crime stories, but his novels are rarely mere plot-driven yarns. The mysterious murderer tortures young women near sites where the French bombs fall, and at times seems to have the uncanny ability to actually predict which part of the city will be attacked. To tell his story, Perez-Reverte assembles a cast worthy of grand opera. We get to meet a wealthy heiress of an importation firm and her circle of friends, servants and relatives; a corsair captain and his more aristocratic rival; a pro-French embalmer and spy; an inspector of dubious morals who is confronting his demons; a French army captain and his artillerymen

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