The Prisoner Of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafoñ
Barcelona, 1957. It is the week before Christmas in the Sempere & Sons bookshop. Daniel Sempere has married the love of his life, Bea, and they have had a son whilst their partner in crime, Fermin, is preparing for his wedding to Bernada in the New Year.
Just when it seems as if luck is finally smiling on them, a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters the shop. He insists on buying the most expensive volume on display – a beautiful illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo – and then proceeds to inscribe the book with the words ‘for Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future’.
Who is this man and what does he want of Fermin? The answer lies in a terrible secret that has lain hidden for two decades, an epic tale of imprisonment, betrayal. murder and love that leads back into the very heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.