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La nueva novela del maestro del thriller histórico con más de 7.000.000 de lectores en todo el mundo
LA MARCA DEL DIABLO se inicia en 1139, cuando el obispo Malaquías tiene una visión de lo que le sucederá a la Iglesia: tras Ciento doce Papas, la institución de la Iglesia llegará a su fin.
Ya en nuestro siglo, en Roma, la joven arqueóloga Elisabetta Celestino recibe la noticia de que el Vaticano le prohíbe seguir explorando las catacumbas de San Calixto, donde se ha realizado un extraño hallazgo.
Años más tarde, cuando está a punto de celebrarse un nuevo cónclave para elegir el que será el Papa ciento doce, aparecen unos cadáveres en esas mismas catacumbas: hombres y mujeres, con una extraña malformación genética, descubiertos tras siglos de enterramiento…
Así, Elisabetta se centrará en una investigación sobre estos extraños sucesos que parecen apuntar a una conspiración, la creación de un nuevo orden eclesiástico que pondrá en entredicho todas sus creencias.
Gleen Cooper, el autor, nació en Nueva York. Asistió a la Escuela Secundaria de White Plains antes de empezar sus estudios en la Universidad de Harvard, en Cambridge, Massachusetts, donde se graduó con honores en Arqueología. Tras ello, se licenció en Medicina. Pero no contento con ello, también estudió estudios de producción cinematográfica. Lee el resto de esta entrada
“Defending Jacob” is the latest book by William Landay. The book tells the story of how peaceful life of Andy Barber, assistant district attorney, is shattered when their son is accused of murdering a classmate. The book addresses some questions: How far will a father go to protect his son? Do parents know their children? In “Defending Jacob” we find not only a book that tells the story of a crime; it is also a book about a family drama.
William Landay (born 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American novelist. He’s degree in law from Yale and Boston College Law School. Before turning to literature, he worked for many years like an assistant district attorney. William Landay is the author of the novels “Mission Flats” and “The Strangler“, the latter winning the Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first novel. With his last book, “Defending Jacob”, has conquered the charts of bestselling books in the United States.
“Defending Jacob” is not just a crime thriller; it is also a family drama. The book talks about how the possibility that a son might be a murderer affects a family. Do you think that this is one of the strengths of the novel?
Yes, I think one of the reasons the book has been such a hit in the US is that it is accessible to so many readers. It doesn’t matter is you tend to read crime stories or mysteries or family dramas or “literary” fiction, the book will likely appeal to you. In fact, the strongest and most frequent reaction I’ve had is “I don’t usually read crime or suspense novels, but I tried this one and I just couldn’t put it down.” It’s as if mainstream readers have forgotten how suspenseful and exciting reading can be! And maybe, too, we writers have forgotten (or taken too lightly) our obligation to entertain the reader.
Unfortunately, in the United States and other countries, crimes like the murder in the book are not uncommon, children killing other children. Why did you decide to write about this sensitive subject?
It wasn’t because such murders are in the news. I find that I can only write well if the story speaks to me personally, and those sorts of news stories don’t really interest me much — though obviously they sadden me. Really, I chose to write about this sort of case because I wanted to explore this idea that we cannot really know one another. Even the people who are closest to us — our children, our parents — are strangers in a way. There is a limit to how well we can understand any other person. I have two children myself, little boys ages 8 and 11, and like every parent I try to do the best that I can for them. But sometimes it is hard to understand these little strangers. And of course, sometimes, as every mother or father knows, it doesn’t matter how good a parent you are. Good parents produce bad kids, bad parents produce good kids — there is an element of randomness in how all our children turn out. Hard-wiring, it turns out, is just as important as good parenting. It is a troubling thought for any parent, and it is an anxiety I wanted to explore in my book.