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Breathing Through the Wound

Breathing Through the Wound

Why a Booktrail?

2022: a widower’s descent into the seedy underbelly of Madrid.

  • Translator: Lisa Dillman
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural, Translated Fictioin

What you need to know before your trail

Eduardo Quintana’s life lost all meaning when his wife and daughter were killed in a tragic accident. The once renowned painter wallows in grief and guilt, subsisting on alcohol and drugs, not caring if he lives or dies.

But when a grieving mother asks Eduardo to paint a portrait of the man who killed her son, he finds himself drawn to the unusual commission. He alone understands her need to look deep into the soul of the man who changed her life forever, and he alone can help.

As Eduardo sets out to discover what it takes to know a killer, he is pulled deeper and deeper into Madrid’s criminal underworld, where mercenaries, prostitutes, murderers, and thieves are all entangled in a dangerous and deadly web, in which nothing, and no one, are as they seem.

Travel Guide


This is a fine city for exploring Madrid, but just be aware that it will take you to the dark side. Well, perhaps not in real life, but in the very real book!

The Retiro Park and the Statute of the Fallen Angel are two very iconic sites featured in the novel.  Built in 1877 by Spanish sculptor Ricardo Bellver, The Fallen Angel is one of the most controversial monuments in Spain, and arguably the only public statue in the world apparently dedicated to the devil himself.


BookTrail Boarding Pass: Breathing Through the Wound

Destination: Madrid Author/guide: Victor del Arbol  Departure Time: 2022

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