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Ice Angels (Los ángeles de hielo)



Original Language: Spanish | 464 pp. | July 2016

2 Seas Represents: Dutch and English rights (USA & Canada).

Rights Sold: France (Au-delà du raisonnable), Poland (Albatros)

Over 30,000 copies sold

Long English synopsis available


An ambitious novel of psychological intrigue with Gothic overtones, set in vibrant early twentieth century Barcelona.

“In this story, we will penetrate the darkest recesses of the human soul, into the atrocities that beings tormented by vengeance and hatred can commit. Both the living and the dead.”

Barcelona 1916. At twenty-seven years old, Frederic Mayol has left his comfortable life in Vienna behind and endured the trauma of the war that continues to ravage Europe. Psychiatrist and follower of psychoanalytic theories, he faces a future in a sanatorium located in a quiet fishing village near Barcelona, the perfect place to overcome the horrors he has confronted. But the clinic and its surroundings don’t turn out to be as idyllic as he thought. The shadows of a sinister past hover over the angels that adorn the front of the building, as if to relive the events that took place in the house seven years earlier. The place used to be a prestigious boarding school for girls from good families, which closed its doors after a tragic fire.

Trapped between the desire to unravel the mystery that lurks within the walls of the mansion and his love for Blanca, a former student at the school, Frederic must face a perverse story of obsession and revenge until he reaches a revelation as surprising as it is heartbreaking. The truth, although necessary, is not always a liberation; sometimes it can imprison you further.

Toni Hill continues to demonstrate his great narrative pulse and masterful ability to create atmosphere in this fascinating literary best seller, full of unforgettable characters.

Toni’s best seller title, The Summer of Dead Toys (El verano de los juguetes muertos (Grijalbo/ Penguin Random House, 2011) has sold more than 100.000 copies in the Spanish language and has been sold to 20 countries.

His Inspector Héctor Salgado trilogy is composed by The Summer of Dead Toys (2011), The Good Suicides (2012) and The Hiroshima Lovers (2014).

Praise for The Summer of Dead Toys:

“Extraordinary…The macabre premise is a shocker, but Salgado is the real surprise.” — New York Times Book Review

“Absorbing and surprising.” — Wall Street Journal

“Rich, nuanced characterizations distinguish Hill’s impressive second thriller featuring Barcelona Insp. Hector Salgado.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Intricate and mesmerizing.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Atmospheric . . . The characters are intriguingly complex, and the author skillfully pulls the rug out with a flourish at the end.”— Library Journal

“[Salgado] clings like a bull-dog once he sinks his teeth into a case. . . .A master performance that bodes well for this thoughtful series.” — Alfred Hitchcock Magazine

“A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir … excellent characterisation, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist and plenty of plot twists with a cliff hanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series” Guardian
“Entertaining debut” — Marcel Berlins Times

“Human trafficking, voodoo, the corruption of wealth and power, and sharp pyschological insight. Don’t miss” — Literary Review

“Evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative, Carlos Ruiz Zafon… For all his storytelling skills, Hill’s real achievement is in the creation of an idiosyncratic new character, Salgado… a series to watch” — Independent

“A blast of hot air through the current frozen Nordic crime-writing landscape” — Weekend Sport

“Salgado’s rich inner life and Hill’s talents at plotting and prose bode well for a successful series.”— Publishers Weekly

“Penetrating, atmospheric. . . . The plot is first-rate, with plausible twists and revelations [and] the book transcends the mystery genre with its focus on the dark secrets families keep. . . . Thoroughly compelling.” — Kirkus

“Reminiscent of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus or Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole, Héctor Salgado is an intriguing new sleuth that crime fiction fans will want to follow as they explore the gritty side of another European city.” — Library Journal