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Lying Crying Dying was hailed by British suspense master Lionel Davidson as "the Thriller Nouveau-- of deceit, betrayal, tears...one of the very best of the late nineties."
Pascual Rose is a repentant ex-terrorist trying to make amends after defecting and selling out his former comrades in the European terrorist underground of the 1980's. He is lying low in Barcelona when the only name he never gave up, the one woman he ever loved, reappears. She wants out now too, and she is on the run with a suitcase full of hijacked cash to start a new life somewhere far away-- with Pascual. But nothing is what it seems, and when Pascual realizes that Katixa is lying to him, can the crying and the dying be far behind?
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Between 1991 and 1995 I published four crime novels set in Chicago, under the name Sam Reaves. They were reasonably well received, but they didn't set any records. After the fourth one, my editor at Putnam asked me to send her "something different."
I took her at her word and came up with Lying Crying Dying, a thriller about Pascual, a remorseful ex-terrorist living under a new identity in the great cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, trying and failing to escape his past. It was, you could say, a little off the wall. It was about a Europe the tourists mostly miss, the Europe of outcasts, seething social tensions and political extremism. But mostly it was about a man trying to atone for the bad things he'd done. It was moody and dark.
My editor at Putnam said it was "too different" from what I'd done before. So I sent it to my British publisher, and somebody over there liked it. Lying Crying Dying was published by Victor Gollancz in 1996, and Orion published two sequels, The Republic of Night and Gitana. And because Sam Reaves "sounded so American", I acquired a new name: Dominic Martell.
Pascual barely exists in Barcelona, washed-up, dried out. Cadging a cigarette or a meal, scraping a living. It isn't much of a life, but at least it's an honest one.
For Pascual had been a terrorist: had joined the armed struggle, stormed off to fight oppression. But killing unarmed civilians wasn't his idea of a fair fight, so he went over to the enemy. His CIA case officer looked like a man who enjoyed a joke; Dan, from Mossad, had a face like cracked leather, two fingers missing from his left hand. Pascual became a legend in counter-terrorist circles: the man who broke the inner world of international terrorism wide open, selling out everyone he knew for some semblance of peace of mind.
Except one: Katixa. The only name he kept back: the only secret no one else knew. Now she too wants to get out, walking away with five million francs, diverted from an ETA kidnapping, to start again somewhere, far, far away. With Pascual.
But nothing is ever simple. For when betrayal is your stock in trade, how can you expect to trust anyone in return? The only answer for Pascual, as old enemies close in and passion blinds him, is to believe.
Believe, and fight for his very life.
"The Thriller Nouveau - of deceit, betrayal, tears. It crackles with electricity: one of the very best of the late nineties"
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