The Prisoner of Heaven
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Harper, 2012. 278 pgs. Fiction
Prisoner of Heaven returns readers to the mysterious and almost magical world first introduced in The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game. This latest visit to Barcelona occurs in 1957, but the story requires our heroes to revisit the past to learn why a dark man has come to the Sempere bookshop to threaten the future happiness of Fermin Romero de Torres. With his friend Daniel Sempere, Fermin will need delve into his painful past to uncover dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.
Zafon’s Barcelona is a setting I will happily visit any time. Its dark alleys and mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books provide plenty of mystery and intrigue, but its really the reappearing characters that draw you in and entice you to return.