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Publisher's Summary

From number-one best-selling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte comes an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Pérez-Reverte as an international literary giant.
En route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, Max and Mecha meet aboard a luxurious transatlantic cruise ship. There Max teaches the stunning stranger and her erudite husband to dance the tango. A steamy affair ignites at sea and continues as the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires envelops the secret lovers.
Nice, 1937. Still drawn to one another a decade later, Max and Mecha rekindle their dalliance. In the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces him to flee.
Sorrento, 1966. Max once again runs into trouble - and Mecha. She offers him temporary shelter from the KGB agents on his trail, but their undeniable attraction offers only a small glimmer of hope that their paths will ever cross again.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte is at his finest here, offering listeners a bittersweet, richly rendered portrait of a powerful, forbidden love story that burns brightly over 40 years, from the fervor of youth to the dawn of old age.
©2016 Arturo Perez-Reverte. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 02-07-18

Steady drone is great - for an aircraft engine

Arturo Pérez-Reverte is one of my very favorite writers and he is at the top of his form in this book, so why take the heart out of it with a narrator who sounds like Jim Bodett doing a Motel 6 commercial?

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3 out of 5 stars
By Valerie R on 12-17-16

Where is George Guidall when you need him

I have thoroughly enjoyed Sr. P-R's work in both English and Spanish; Audible and written. I believe this novel is probably as good as my favorite, La Carta Esferica/The Nautical Chart, but It is very difficult to listen to this dry narration.

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