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The North Face of the Heart

The North Face of the Heart
Dolores Redondo By (author)
Michael Meigs Translated by
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Amazon/Brilliance Publishing

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6.0 X 9.0 in
496 pg

FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
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In a propulsive thriller by the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Baztán Trilogy, a female detective follows a psychopathic killer into the eye of a storm.

Amaia Salazar, a young detective from the north of Spain, has joined a group of trainees at the FBI Academy in Virginia. Haunted by her past and having already tracked down a predator on her own, Amaia is no typical rookie. And this is no ordinary student lecture at Quantico. FBI agent Aloisius Dupree is already well acquainted with Amaia’s skills, her intuition, and her ability to understand evil. He now needs her help in hunting an elusive serial killer dubbed “the Composer,” and in solving another case that’s been following him his whole life.

From New Jersey to Oklahoma to Texas, the Composer’s victims are entire families annihilated in the chaos of natural disasters, their bodies posed with chilling purpose amid the ruins. Dupree and Amaia follow his trail to New Orleans. The clock is ticking. It’s the eve of the worst hurricane in the city’s history. But a troubling call from Amaia’s aunt back home awakens in Amaia the ghosts from her childhood and sends her down a path as dark as that of the coming storm.


A New York Times Globetrotting Pick!

“…[A] gripping prequel to Redondo’s Baztán trilogy…This crime thriller is a good starting place for readers new to Redondo.” Publishers Weekly


“Its far-ranging scenes are stuffed with memorable characters, from heroic public servants to habitual murderers to a zombie-like figure worthy of a Val Lewton horror movie. Ms. Redondo’s complex and ambitious book culminates in a mythological showdown, with Salazar in the eye of an epic storm.” Wall Street Journal

“The human heart has four distinct chambers. Not so The North Face of the Heart. Dolores Redondo’s atmospheric new thriller is multifaceted and layered, driving a compelling search for a serial killer into the heart of a hurricane.” Mountain Times

“An expertly crafted and riveting thriller of a suspense novel by an author with genuine originality and a flair for the kind of narrative storytelling that keeps the reader’s rapt attention from cover to cover, The North Face Of The Heart by novelist Dolores Redondo is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.” —Midwest Book Review

“The world building in the novel is superb. The depiction of the experiences of Salazar and other characters being caught up in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is especially remarkable and vivid…translator Michael Meigs has done a wonderful job, with the prose lyrical and rich.” The Big Thrill

The North Face of the Heart is a tour de force, a mystery with a complicated plot, intriguing characters, and vivid descriptions that bring the settings alive.” Woman Around Town

“This thriller is so wonderfully written—the descriptions of the settings and characters are as compelling as the plot.” Books I Think You Should Read

“I’d never read Redondo’s work prior to encountering The North Face of the Heart, but from the very first pages I was hooked by her masterful and complex storytelling that leads readers down a path that’s so compelling there’s no chance of putting the book down.” —Sarabeth Pollock, Culturess

Praise for Dolores Redondo’s Planeta Prize–Winning All This I Will Give to You

“Emotionally vivid…All This I Will Give to You has much to reveal…Ms. Redondo unfolds her lengthy saga at a steady pace, with an abundance of detail. The patient reader will be rewarded with revelations both dramatic and poignant.” —Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

“If you’re a fan of Stephen King’s character-driven writing style and his patient spinning of suspense, you’ll love this novel from Dolores Redondo.” —Jalyn Powell, Sci-Fi Movie Page

All This I Will Give to You is a surprising, deep, and unforgettable story.” —Jason Schott, Brooklyn Digest

All This I Will Give to You, a Spanish bestselling sensation from Dolores Redondo, uses a taut psychological thriller as framework to get at the complexities of a nation in transition.” —CrimeReads

“The best crime novel in translation I read this year.” —Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

Praise for Dolores Redondo’s Internationally Bestselling Baztán Trilogy

“Myth and reality blend and blur in this sophisticated and razor-sharp thriller. All of the skeletons are banging on the closet doors to be set free, and free they are in this gritty, fascinating, and compelling story. Already number one in other countries, this one will be making its way up our bestseller lists too.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“Redondo tells the ancient tales in a hypnotic voice.” New York Times Book Review

“A fascinating protagonist.” —Isabel Allende

Author Bio

Dolores Redondo is an internationally bestselling author who studied law and the culinary arts before writing The Baztán Trilogy (The Invisible Guardian, The Legacy of the Bones, and Offering to the Storm). The successful crime series set in the Basque Pyrenees has sold over 2.5 million copies in Spanish, has been translated into more than thirty-five languages, and was adapted into a popular film series available worldwide on Netflix.

Twice 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. It has also been optioned for feature film and television development and will be translated into eighteen languages.

Readers who want to learn more about Dolores Redondo and her work can do so by visiting