Bondoux, Anne-Laure. The killer's tears.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

BONDOUX, Anne-Laure. The killer's tears. Random House, Delacorte. 163p. map. c2003.0385-73293-7 $15.95. JSA*

This deceptively simple tale, a prizewinner in France, is in fact a haunting exploration of guilt and innocence, and of the redemptive power of a loving relationship. With a map to guide us, readers are transported to the southern tip of Chile, a place of desolation, where the story begins with a killer taking refuge at an isolated farm. Paolo, a young boy of indeterminate age, perhaps tire, perhaps ten, lives there with his parents. Angel, the killer, murders the parents and allows Paolo to live because he sees him as useful. Some time later, another wanderer named Luis takes shelter with them, and a strange dynamic starts to occur--Angel worries that Paolo might like the other person better. He claims to be Paolo's father, and so begins an emotional attachment such as Paolo has never before experienced in his miserable life. Time passes, Paolo learns to read and write from Luis, and it becomes necessary for the three of them to journey to a town to purchase more farm animals so that...

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