The Night Watchman
By Richard Zimler
A chilling psychological mystery, The Night Watchman is a uniquely moving portrait of a troubled police detective and his family, from the internationally best-selling author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
Chief Inspector Henrique Monroe of the Lisbon Police Department is not your usual cop. Eccentric, elliptical - and stunningly observant - his peculiar behavior at crime scenes is legendary. But his colleagues put up with it because, in the end, Monroe's the best of the best. But he has a double-sided secret. And when he's called to investigate the brutal slaying of well-connected Portuguese businessman Pedro Coutinho, it's not just the murder case that will unravel - but his own identity, too.
As Monroe's investigations lead him deep into a torrid world of shady political corruption and sexual violence, the details of the case trigger memories from his childhood in rural Colorado - memories he has travelled far, and worked hard, to hide. His behavior becomes even more upsetting and inappropriate than usual, and even his family - his wife, his brother and his two young boys - start to fear for the man they thought they knew.
Henrique struggles to move his investigation forward whilst keeping the walls of his identity from crumbling. And then, another violent crime changes his life forever, destroying any chance he has of continuing to keep his secret . . .
A chilling psychological mystery, The Night Watchman is a uniquely moving portrait of a troubled police detective and his family when a single crime reveals the damaging impact of abuse and the tragic truth about an entire nation.
Richard Zimler was born in New York but has lived in Portugal for the past 30 years. He has written six novels, most recently The Warsaw Anagrams. Zimler's novels have been international bestsellers; he has won numerous prizes and is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. www.zimler.com
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19 Jun 2014
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Zimler is a present-day scholar and writer of remarkable erudition and compelling imagination. An American Umberto Eco. — Spectator
Zimler has this spark of genius, which critics can't explain but readers recognise, and which every novelist desires but few achieve — Independent
An honest, powerful writer. — Guardian
The Night Watchman keeps the reader absolutely riveted to the story. This is Zimler's best novel: tightly constructed, driven by realistic dialogue, and with all the action held together in a web of keen psychological insight. — Sabado (Portugal)
The Night Watchman is an extremely ambitious and terrific book.from one of the most interesting and versatile novelists around. — Nicholas Shakespeare