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The Secret in their Eyes

Author(s): Eduardo Sacheri

Location(s): Buenos Aires

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Second half 20th Century



The novel that became the Oscar-winning film.

Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Set in the Buenos Aires of the 1970s, Sacheri’s tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina’s Dirty War and takes on the question of justice—what it really means and in whose hands it belongs.

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Over a period of 40 years, The Secret in Their Eyes follows the life of Benjamin Chaparro, a court clerk in Buenos Aires. But his whole being is overshadowed by the investigation into the death...

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