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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guillermo Martínez Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781440709265
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Hailed as a “clever, chilling novel that takes crime writing to a new level” by the Sunday Times (London), this psychological thriller from Guillermo Martínez will captivate mystery lovers and literature buffs alike. An extremely successful author named Kloster and an unnamed, up-and-coming writer have one thing in common—they’ve both employed a typist named Luciana. Now Luciana claims Kloster is killing off her family, and she desperately needs help. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martínez’s novel is full of explanations and parried literary thrusts, culminating in a growing sense of understanding that order and chaos aren’t yin and yang but mirror images of each other.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The chilling story of a woman’s descent into madness.”

    New York Daily News

  • “This novel is a meditation on chance, on revenge, on the power of literature, on randomness and causality, an on the awesome strength of human emotions, whether love or hatred.”

    Independent (London)

  • “[A] fine novel of psychological suspense…This riveting tale will appeal to readers of literary fiction and thriller fans alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] compelling psycholiterary mystery…Martínez, a PhD in mathematics, mixed math math in The Oxford Murders. This time it’s murder and fiction writing—and competing versions of reality; as before, it’s a winning combination.”

    Booklist

  • “Martínez crafts a page-turner in which eminently believable obsession and paranoia drive dangerous behavior.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/3/2014

    " This is an engaging mystery--a quick yet suspenseful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/25/2014

    " This is an intriguing, twisty plot contained in a small book. While it sometimes turns itself around one too many times and loses its momentum, it is a good read and I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 1/23/2014

    " Fun read . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 1/22/2014

    " An good story with an ambiguous ending. Something could have been lost in the translation. But overall, not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/13/2014

    " I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree after seeing the notation that the author wrote a book titled "The Oxford Murders" which is movie I saw awhile ago and wouldn't mind seeing again. This is a fun little thriller written by an author with a PhD in math. This book ties in a look at random chance and cause and effect scenarios with a story of one woman's life as seen through anothers eyes. I am definitely glad I did not pay full price for this book, but it was a good quick afternoon read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lourdes Fernandez Venard | 1/13/2014

    " Luciana, who worked as a transcriber for two authors as a young woman, calls one of them up 10 years later (our unnamed narrator) with a tale of how the other author, Kloster, is slowly killing off her family and friends. She feels he is doing it as revenge for the death of his daughter, that he somehow blames Luciana for this. But the deaths all seem accidental or unrelated to Kloster. Is Luciana going mad, or is there something behind her story? Book kept me hooked, but fell flat -- very flat -- with the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anu | 1/10/2014

    " Not a clues-and-floorplan murder mystery. Flirts with the twilight zone genre but the ending is sadly flat. Funny in parts, not bad overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jhana | 1/10/2014

    " An intense, gripping read. It's always nice to read a book set in another country by an author of that country, rather than someone trying to imitate it, like a lot of the "British" mysteries these days. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christa | 11/7/2013

    " I tried, too much yada yada, not enough suspense. gave it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 10/26/2013

    " Excellent. Original. Better than his first book, the Oxford Murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Rosenow | 8/10/2013

    " Good, creepy mystery thriller. Translated from Spanish. Very original "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/3/2013

    " More of a philosophy story than a murder mystery. It definitely makes you think. The ending makes me shudder with disgust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/28/2013

    " Good enough airplane mystery, though it gets a bit loopy at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 8/21/2012

    " Argentinian author Guillermo Martinez has written a terrific psychological thriller. I listened to this one on audio CD and loved it. Mounting tension, murder, tragedy, revenge and madness - this book has it all. Looking forward to reading his earlier work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Gran | 6/15/2012

    " Guillermo Martinez's books are unique, almost to the point of being experimental--this book is as spare and elegant as any I've read. Fast and fun to read. After this I went back and read every backlist title I could find. HIghly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 6/12/2012

    " I loved his book The Oxford Murders, but found this one dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/8/2012

    " I wanted to give it four stars, but the denouement really can't match the first 2/3 of the book. Still, it's a quick, chilling read, and good enough I'm excited to read another by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Silva | 3/31/2012

    " I read the book in Spanish and I think it was good. But the main reason I read it was to practice my Spanish :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vik | 2/10/2012

    " I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, this is really a 3.5 star book. Clever plot as you know who did it from the beginning but you just don't know how and this will keep you turning those pages until you do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/30/2011

    " Quick read. I read it in less than a day. But a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/24/2011

    " I enjoyed the first half of this book much more than I did the second. It was a well written book and an interesting read, but in the end I was somewhat luke-warm on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/3/2011

    " Good enough airplane mystery, though it gets a bit loopy at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/28/2011

    " This is an engaging mystery--a quick yet suspenseful read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 7/7/2010

    " I did not enjoy this one as much as The Oxford Murders - were they murders or not? Was he evil? Too many loose ends for my liking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ursula | 6/17/2010

    " What is it about South American male authors? Women are not part of real life, something to write about, but nothing to really interact with. This one was too voyeuristic for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 5/30/2010

    " far surpasses the drudgery and tedium of similar books like Shadow of the Wind and the 351 book so of Irma Arcuri (that second title is off, but i forget the name). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2010

    " This book was wll written and quite engaging. I really got pulled in at the beginning but I must admit I didn't quite feel fulfilled at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 4/14/2010

    " Excellent. Original. Better than his first book, the Oxford Murders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Potjy | 2/26/2010

    " It's very good as a suspense, but great when you read it as a literary thriller. The book asks questions about fiction/reality, author/character, and art/life. And I'm throughly surprised to find a Ph.D. in maths knew such many things about literary theory, and can use it wisely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/27/2010

    " More of a philosophy story than a murder mystery. It definitely makes you think. The ending makes me shudder with disgust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bob | 11/30/2009

    " Good, creepy mystery thriller. Translated from Spanish. Very original "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mignon | 11/30/2009

    " I always read a mystery at the cabin, and I prefer them to be engrossing and marginally well-written. This sufficed, but it only took about 4 hours to read and it was a 4-day trip. Plus the ending was kind of lame. Cool characters, though. "

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About the Author

Guillermo Martinez is the author of several highly acclaimed novels and short story collections. His bestseller The Oxford Murders was made into a film in 2008. He lives in Buenos Aires. 

About the Narrator

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.