Death on a Galician Shore

Original Title: La playa de los ahogados

Author: (Estate of) Domingo Villar

One misty autumn dawn in a quiet fishing port in northwest Spain, the body of a sailor washes up in the harbour. Detective Inspector Leo Caldas is called in from police headquarters in the nearby city of Vigo to sign off on what appears to be a suicide. But details soon come to light that turn this routine matter into a complex murder investigation. Finding out the truth is not easy when the villagers are so suspicious of outsiders. As Caldas delves into the maritime life of the village, he uncovers a disturbing decade-old case of a shipwreck and two mysterious disappearances.

Death on a Galician Shore is a chilling story of violence, blackmail and revenge that has enthralled readers across Europe…

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Original Language

GALICIAN | Galaxia
SPANISH (World) | Siruela

Translation Rights

CATALAN | Grup 62
ENGLISH (World) | Little, Brown
GERMAN | Unionsverlag
ITALIAN | Ponte Alle Grazie

Film Rights

Film rights sold to Tornasol films.

TV-series rights sold to Secuoya Films.


Shortlisted to the CWA International Dagger Prize 2011


"A precise portrait of a misty, insular environment, of peaceful people caught up in violence. And a very clever plot." La Vanguardia

"A satisfying read... a traditional procedural laced with gothic menace." The Guardian

"The rugged coastline of Galicia makes a suitably unsettling setting... Caldas is an engaging copper." The Times

"Villar seduced us with his first novel, and now confirms himself as an excellent writer with Death on a Galician Shore. The plotting is as good as his descriptions of maritime life." El País

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