The Color of A Dog Running Away

Publisher: Anchor
Lucas, a musician and translator, comes home one day to find a cryptic postcard on his doorstep. This postcard sets in motion a series of bizarre, seemingly interconnected events, leading Lucas and his girlfriend, Nuria, to be kidnapped by a religious cult with roots stretching back to the thirteenth century.

Seeking guidance from a fire-eater, a band of mythic roof-dwellers, and his deeply skeptical friends, Lucas must figure out who to believe-or who can believe him. In his internationally acclaimed debut, Richard Gwyn takes us on a gripping ride of faith and deceit through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

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1. A POSTCARD

One evening in May as I was walking home, I witnessed a mugging, and did nothing to prevent it. I could see what was going to happen. It was in the Gothic quarter of the city, just off the Ramblas. Ornate lamps lined the street, reminders of a more grandiose era, and narrow lanes led off into...
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“Evoke[s] the exhilarating unpredictability of urban life. . . . Gwyn's plot is humming.” —The Washington Post

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PRAISE FOR

“Evoke[s] the exhilarating unpredictability of urban life. . . . Gwyn's plot is humming.” —The Washington Post

“At once an absurdist riddle, a romantic quest, and a love letter to our anti-hero's chosen home, Gwyn's witty and assured first novel is as much about the different ways you can tell a story as it is about the story itself.” —The New Yorker

“A delightful cornucopia of thriller trappings, history lessons, existential ruminations and cheeky asides. . . . Destined to be a cult classic.” —Philadelphia City Paper

“Gwyn leaves many of his mysteries veiled, while providing enough detail to avert readers from a head start. . . . Beautifully precise.” —Newsday

“A wild but entertaining ride through historic Barcelona. . . . The writing is delicious.” —Deseret Morning News