Today I am delighted to be launching the blog tour for All This I Will Give to You by award-winning international author of the multi-million copy bestselling Baztán Trilogy and Spain’s most-read writer, Dolores Redondo.
The Planeta Prize winning novel, All This I Will Give to You, has just been published in the UK for the first time.
Called ‘The Queen of the Literary Thriller’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Redondo wrote All This I Will Give to You as a homage to Agatha Christie and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.
It is a powerful story about family, greed, love and power is set against the stunning backdrop of Spain’s Ribeira Sacra.
Described by La Razon as ‘Twin Peaks set in Garcia’, All This I Will Give to You has been optioned for film and translated into 18 languages to date.
I have an extract for you all today of this very exciting and thrilling sounding novel so I do hope you enjoy.
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About the Book:
When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quickly closed as a tragic accident. It’s also where Álvaro hid his secrets.
The man to whom Manuel was married for fifteen years was not the unassuming man he knew.
Álvaro’s trail leads Manuel deep into one of Spain’s most powerful and guarded families. Behind the walls of their forbidding estate, Manuel is nothing but an unwelcome and dangerous intruder. Then he finds two allies: a stubbornly suspicious police lieutenant and Álvaro’s old friend—and private confessor—from seminary school. Together they’re collecting the pieces of Álvaro’s past, his double life, and his mysterious death.
But in the shadows of nobility and privilege, Manuel is about to unravel a web of corruption and deception that could be as fatal a trap for him as it was for the man he loved.
Extract ~ All This I Will Give To You
A LIFE PRESERVER
The knock at the door was loud and peremptory. Eight decisive blows, one after another, warning that someone expected to be admitted immediately. The sort of insistence you’d never hear from an invited guest, a worker, or a delivery driver. He would remember it later with the bleak reflection, typical behavior of police demanding to be let in.
He stared for a couple of seconds at the cursor blinking at the end of the last sentence. This had been a good morning for work, the best of the last three weeks. Though he hated to admit it to himself, he especially enjoyed writing when he was alone at home with nothing else to do, free of the usual interruptions, so he could go with the flow. That’s what happened when he got to this point in a novel. He was expecting to finish The Sun of Tebas in a couple of weeks. Maybe earlier if all went well. And until then the story would take over and obsess him every minute of the day. He’d have no time for anything else. Each of his novels had brought him to this intense pitch and this sensation, at once intimate and destructive. He loved it and feared it. He knew it made him hard to live with.
He glanced toward the hall that led to the apartment’s front door. The blinking cursor seemed about to burst with the pressure of all the words still behind it. In the moment of deceptive stillness he began to hope the untimely visitor had given up. But no; he sensed the silent presence out there of the intruder’s demanding energy. Determined to finish one more sentence, he put his fingers to the keyboard. The insistent pounding resumed and echoed in the narrow hallway. He tried to ignore it but had to give up.
Irritated less by the interruption than by the arrogant insistence, he got up and muttered a curse at the guard at the front gate. He’d told the man more than once to make sure he wasn’t interrupted at work. He angrily yanked the door open.
A man and a woman in police uniforms took a step back when he glared out at them.
“Good morning,” the male officer said, glancing at a little card barely visible in his big hand. “Is this the residence of Álvaro Muñiz de Dávila?”
“It is,” answered Manuel, surprise overcoming his exasperation.
“Are you a family member?”
“I’m his husband.”
The policeman glanced at his companion. Manuel saw his expression, but by this point his natural paranoia had already kicked in. He didn’t care whether they were surprised.
“Has something happened?”
“I’m Corporal Castro, and this is Sergeant Acosta. May we come in? It would be better if we spoke inside.”
All This I Will Give To You by Dolores Redondo is out now, published by Amazon Crossing.
Purchase Link ~ http://amzn.eu/d/gbEXpjX
Dolores Redondo studied law and the culinary arts before writing The Baztán Trilogy, a successful crime series set in the Basque Pyrenees that has sold over 1.5 million copies in Spanish, has been translated into more than thirty-five languages, and was adapted for film
Thrice nominated for the CWA International Dagger Award and a finalist for the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, Redondo was the recipient of the 2016 Premio Planeta—one of Spain’s most distinguished literary awards—for her stand-alone thriller All This I Will Give to You. The book has also been optioned for film and translated into eighteen languages to date and is published for the first time in English by Amazon Crossing.
Website ~ www.doloresredondo.com/en
Twitter ~ @DoloresRedondoM