Vividly capturing the troubled reality of war-torn Guatemala, this tale depicts a young psychology student who escapes to the United States. While abroad, and after learning of his brother's death at the hands of the military, he deals with his grief by establishing a center for victims of torture. Unable to adapt to a life abroad, he soon returns to Guatemala where he begins to offer therapy. One of his first patients is a military torturer desperate to emancipate himself from the guilt of his heinous crimes - one of which the psychologist soon learns is the murder of his brother. Embodying both sides of the terrifying 30-year conflict in Guatemala, this compelling thriller explores the confused, postwar condition of unfulfilled reconciliation forever on the verge of recrimination.
Used availability for Ronald Flores's Final Silence
February 2008 : UK Paperback