The Invisible Guardian

The Invisible Guardian cover

«This first volume in a planned trilogy is an international bestseller, combining singular characters and an eerily atmospheric setting.» Sunday Times


Already a #1 international bestseller, this tautly written and gripping psychological thriller forces a police inspector to reluctantly return to her hometown in Basque Country—a place engulfed in mythology and superstition—to solve a series of eerie murders.

When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape. A dark secret from Amaia’s past plagues her with nightmares, and as her investigation deepens, the old pagan beliefs of the community threaten to derail her astute detective work.

The lines between mythology and reality begin to blur, and Amaia must discover whether the crimes are the work of a ritualistic killer or of a mythical creature known as the Basajaun, the Invisible Guardian.

Torn between the rational procedures of her job and the local superstitions of a region shaped by the Spanish Inquisition, Amaia fights against the demons of her past in order to track down a killer on the run.



Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015
Best Spanish Crime Novel of the Year, 2013 by major Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia
Top 10 Crime Novels of the Summer by Le Figaro Magazine, France
“Pluma de plata” (Silver Quill) 2014 by the Basque Booksellers Association
Best Spanish Novel of the Year, 2013—“Continuarà” TVE Cultural Programme

Original language

SPANISH | Destino / Grupo Planeta
SPANISH (Graphic Novel) | Planeta DeAgostini

Translation rights

ARABIC | Arab Cultural Centre
BASQUE | Erein
CATALAN | Columna
CHINESE (Complex) | Global Group
CHINESE (Simplified) | Zito
CZECH | Nakladatelství Panteon
DANISH | HR Ferdinand
DUTCH | Cargo/De Bezige Bij
ENGLISH (UK) | Blue Door/Harper Collins
ENGLISH (US) | Atria/Simon and Schuster
ENGLISH (ANZ) | Harper Collins
FINNISH | Gummerus
FRENCH | Éditions Stock
GERMAN | Bastei Lübbe
GREEK | Medusa

HEBREW | Kinneret-Zmora
HUNGARIAN | Trivium Kiadó
ICELANDIC | Draumsýn Bókaforlag
ITALIAN | Salani
JAPANESE | Hayakawa
KOREAN (South Korea) | Book 21
MACEDONIAN | Antolog Books
NORWEGIAN | Cappelen Damm
POLISH | Czarna Owca
PORTUGUESE (Brazil) | Planeta Brazil
PORTUGUESE (Portugal) | Planeta Portugal
RUSSIAN | Hemiro / Family Leisure Club
SERBIAN | Laguna
SWEDISH | Bucket List Books
TURKISH | Marti Yayin Grubu
VIETNAMESE | Women’s Publishing House

Guided tours

Follow Amaia Salazar around the places where The Invisible Guardian, The Legacy on the Bones and Offering to the Storm by Dolores Redondo take place.

To book a Baztan Trilogy-based tour or to request more information, please call +34 670336232 or e-mail

The tours are available in Spanish, English and French.

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