Water Eyes

Water Eyes


Water Eyes

Original title: Ojos de agua
Author: Domingo Villar

Amid the aroma of the sea and the Galician pines, a young saxophonist is found dead in his swanky flat overlooking the beach. The murder seems to have taken place after a sexual encounter with a lover: there are two glasses filled with gin in the living room, and the dead man, Luis Reigosa, is tied by the wrists to the headboard of the bed. But the way he was killed makes it impossible to obtain any more clues about his activities that night: his stomach, groin, genitals and thighs are horribly burned. The unusually cold-blooded and cruel murder is assigned to Leo Caldas, a disheartened police inspector still searching for his place in the world. The case unfolds between inviting nights at the jazz clubs and the tense, affected atmosphere of affluent Vigo.

Original language

GALICIAN | Galaxia
SPANISH (World) | Siruela

Translation rights

BULGARIAN | Ciela Publishing
CATALAN | Grup 62
ENGLISH (World) | Arcadia Books
GERMAN | Unionsverlag
HEBREW | Tesha Neshamot
ITALIAN | Ponte Alle Grazie


  • Finalist in two categories for the Crime Thriller Awards
  • Finalist for The Martin Beck Award from the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy
  • Winner of the Premios Sintagma for best debut novel
  • Winne of the Premio Brigada for best debut novel
  • Winner of the Premio Frei Martín Sarmiento

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