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The Heart Tastes Bitter

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A remarkable psychological thriller by award-winning author Victor del Arbol Eduardo Quintana is a broken man. The tragedy that cost him the lives of his family is a wound he daily tears open afresh. The once renowned painter wallows in grief, subsisting on alcohol and drugs, eking out a living with whatever painting commissions he can get.

But when he is approached by a mysterious woman who wants him to paint a portrait of the man who killed her son, he soon becomes entangled in a web of deceit in which no one, and nothing, is as they seem. With each brushstroke, Eduardo opens doors that were meant to have stayed shut - doors that, once opened, can never be closed.

Set against the haunted and unsettling backdrop of a Madrid plagued by unrest and economic upheaval, The Heart Tastes Bitter is a dark and compelling story of the search for redemption, revenge, and love - and the cruel power of fate.


'If you're looking for something on the literary end of the eurocrime spectrum, The Heart Tastes Bitter is an attractive proposition - full of vivid and unsettling storytelling.' The Sydney Morning Herald

'[The Heart Tastes Bitter] is the definitive confirmation of Victor's talent as a writer.' La Republica Cultural


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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : Australia Paperback

Title: The Heart Tastes Bitter
Author(s): Victor-del-Arbol
ISBN: 1-925228-44-4 / 978-1-925228-44-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2016 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The Heart Tastes Bitter
Author(s): Victor del Arbol
Publisher: Scribe
Availability: Amazon UK