Killer's Tears

Killer's Tears

by Anne-Laure Bondoux, Y. Maudet

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Overview

On the afternoon when Angel Allegria arrives at the Poloverdos’ farmhouse, he kills the farmer and his wife. But he spares their child, Paolo–a young boy who will claim this as the day on which he was born. Together the killer and the boy begin a new life on this remote and rugged stretch of land in Chile.

Then Luis Secunda, a well-to-do and educated fellow from the city descends upon them. Paolo is caught in the paternal rivalry between the two men. But life resumes its course . . . until circumstances force the three to leave the farm. In doing so, Angel and Luis confront their pasts as well as their inevitable destinies–destinies that profoundly shape Paolo’s own future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307486738
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/18/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Anne-Laure Bondoux is the author of Life as It Comes, The Destiny of Linus Hoppe and The Second Life of Linus Hoppe. She lives in France.

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The Killer's Tears


By Anne-Laure Bondoux

Random House

Anne-Laure Bondoux
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0385903146


Chapter One

chapter one


No one ever arrived here by chance. Here was nearly the end of the world, close to the southernmost tip of Chile, which resembles lace in the cold Pacific waters.
On this land, everything was so tough, desolate, and abused by the wind that even the stones seemed in pain. Yet just before the desert and the sea, a narrow, gray-walled structure emerged from the ground: the Poloverdo farm.

Travelers who reached this point were surprised to find a house. They would walk down the path and knock on the door to ask for a night's lodging. Most times, the traveler was a scientist, either a geologist with a box of stones, or an astronomer in quest of a dark night. Sometimes it was a poet. Other times simply an adventurer looking for spots yet undiscovered and far from the beaten path.

So rare were such visits that each one seemed like a big event. The Poloverdo woman would pour a drink from a chipped pitcher with shaky hands. The Poloverdo man would force himself to say two words to the stranger so as not to seem too boorish. But he was still a boor, and his wife unfailingly poured the wine outside the glass. All the while the wind would hiss through the disjointed window, sounding like the howling of wolves.

When the visitor departed, the man and the woman would close their door with a sigh of relief. Their solitude resumed its course on the desolate moor, among the rocks and the violent elements.

The Poloverdos had a child. A boy, who was born out of their bedroom routine, without particular love, and who grew like all the rest on this land, that is to say not very well. He spent his days hunting for snakes. He had dirt under his nails, his ears had been so beaten down by storms that they looked like flaps, his skin was yellow and dry, and his teeth were as white as pieces of salt. His name was Paolo. Paolo Poloverdo.

Paolo was the one who saw the man arrive on the path, one warm January day. And he was the one who ran to warn his parents that a stranger was coming. Except that this time, it was not a geologist, or an adventurer, and even less a poet. It was Angel Allegria. A vagrant, a crook, a mur-derer. And he was not arriving by chance at this house at the end of the world. The Poloverdo woman took her pitcher. Her eyes met those of Angel Allegria-small eyes, deeply set, as if pushed into their sockets by blows; eyes that betrayed a brutal wickedness. She shook more than usual. Her man sat on the bench facing the vagrant.

"Will you stay here long?" he asked.

"Yes," answered the other. He dipped his lips in the wine.

Outside, rain clouds were coming up from the sea. Paolo had gone out of the house. He was waiting for the first drops to fall, his face turned to the sky and his mouth open. Like all the creatures on this land, he was always thirsty. The poets who had come to visit had compared him to a seed planted in the bedrock, condemned never to bloom.

While the first drops came crashing down onto the dust and onto Paolo's tongue, Angel Allegria took out his knife and planted it in the man's throat, then in the woman's. On the table, the wine and the blood mingled, forever reddening the deep grooves of the wood.

This was not Angel's first crime. Death was commonplace where he came from. It put an end to debts, drunken disputes, women's deceptions, neighbors' betrayals, or simply ended the monotony of a dull day. This time it put an end to two weeks of wandering. Angel was tired of sleeping outdoors, of fleeing south a little more each morning. He had heard that this house was the last one before the desert and the sea, the ideal refuge for a hunted man. It was here that he wanted to sleep.
When Paolo came back, soaked to the bones, he discovered his parents lying on the ground, and he understood. Angel was waiting for him, knife in hand.

"Come here," Angel told him.

Paolo did not move. He stared at the sullied blade, at the hand holding the knife, at the arm that did not shake. The rain drummed on the metallic roof, as if announcing a trapeze artist's somersault at the circus.
"How old are you?" Angel asked.

"I don't know," Paolo answered.

"Can you make soup?"

Angel had a firm grip on the handle of his knife, and yet remained undecided. The child, very small, very dirty, very wet, stood in front of him, and he could not imagine putting an end to his life. An unexpected twist of his conscience, maybe a little pity, held back his arm.

"I've never killed a child," he said.

"Neither have I," said Paolo.

The answer made Angel smile.

"Can you make soup, or not?" he asked again.

"I think so."

"Make me some soup, then."

Angel put his knife away. He was sparing the child, and with some relief told himself that he did not need to kill him. The little one would not prevent him from sleeping here; besides, it would be convenient to send the boy to fetch water at the well rather than go himself.

Paolo headed for the back of the house, entered a dark recess where his mother kept some meager supplies, and soon came out with a few potatoes, a leek, a turnip, and a piece of dried-up lard. He knew how to make soup, although he had never made any. He had watched his mother so often that the recipe was imprinted in his mind. To make a fire, he only had to imitate his father's gestures. It was easy.

Once the soup was ready, he turned to Angel Allegria.

"Serve me," said the killer.

Paolo went to fetch one of his father's iron bowls, the largest one, and put it on the table, far from the blood and wine stain. He poured the soup into it.

"Eat with me," Angel ordered.

Paolo went to fetch another bowl, the smallest and most dented one, his own. He helped himself and sat on the bench, facing the man, who was already slurping his soup. The rain had stopped. It was not cold in the house, thanks to the fire that crackled in the fireplace. Behind the window, night was coming like an ocean wave about to engulf the house and drown the world. Paolo lit a candle.


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The Killer's Tears 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MelissaMarieL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Killer's Tears was a very good book. I really liked reading it and each chapter made me want to keep going. You can finish this book in one day because it's not too long. It may seemto short for a novel but it is actually a really good novel and in my opinion I think that anyone can get into it and really like this novel.
nelly.c on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Killers Tears brought so many different emotions to me. It was sad and loving at the same time. Paolo lived with his parents in Chile when Angel came across them and killed his parents but left Paolo alive. Angel stayed in Paolo's home and they both bonded and learned to care for eachother, despite the fact that Angel was the murderer of Paolo's parents. Paolo begins to love him and see him as a father. Angel also cares for Paolo and he soon realizes he cannot live with him. Later on, Angel's crimes came back to him which tore Paolo and Angel apart. The ending was so sad to me because I could feel the inmense love they both shared for eachother. This book brought tears to my eyes but I really recomend it because I can say it was one of the best books I've ever read.
perlaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Killers Tear is such an amazing book, from the start to finish. It keeps you enganged to the book and wont let you stop reading. The Killers Tears is about a young boy named Paolo. Paolo lives in Chile with his mother and Father, until one day a murderer came along and murdered his parents. Paolo felt hatred towards the murderer which his name was Angel, but still learned to be friend him. Paolo went on a journey with Angel and a new friend named Luis. His journey brought friendship, betrayel, happines, and even sadness.
Wilcoxpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story of transformation and the power of love. Paolo is an unloved child on a desolate farm in southern Chile, whose life unexpectedly takes a turn for the better when Angel Allegria, a ruthless murderer, kills Paolo's parents merely to steal their home. Angel is unwilling to kill a child, and Paolo's grave silences touch something within and leads to an unlikely friendship that develops between the two, Angel is determined to win Paolo's love. Through Paolo's intervention another enters the picture, this additional father figure is a traveler who teaches Paolo to read. Though Angel is redeemed and reborn through his relationship with Paolo, he can't outrun his past crimes. the consequences are the final note of Angel's redemption. This is a spare but emotionally charged story. Paolo, the child protagonist acts primarily as an innocent catalyst for Angel's redemption. Once he enters his own adulthood, Paolo develops as a fully formed character, who embodies the good of both of the men he met in his youth. This is a complex and haunting book, well worth the read.
danikah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Killer's Tears was a very interesting book. I had never before read a book that kept me as interested in what the main character Angel was going to do next. Not only was it a very good book it was also very thought provoking. It shows you that people can have a change of heart no matter what their previous background was. I was amazed even in the first chapter that a selfish evil man like Angel spared the child's life even though he previously killed Paolo's (the child's) parents. But right then I knew that if Angel had the heart to do that, then there was a spark in him somewhere that would lead him to becoming the person he did at the end of the story. As Paolo and Angel grew close, there became a bond between them that Angel was confused about at first then came to realize as love. That is something that the world searches for but what Angel found in the joy of a child. As his love for Paolo grew, Angel learned to love him back and learned to put his knife down. I was overwhelmed with joy when Angel gave Paolo his knife because that was a symbol to me that Angel finally was done with his past and he was ready to accept the fate he was faced with even though it may have cost him the love of his "son". That is what love is and I believe that Angel accomplished that. He sacrificed everything he had for Paolo because he loved him and he knew what was best for him and that is something a person can be satisfied with when they are faced with the consequences Angel was faced with. I believe that was closure for him; he went out knowing what he did wrong (which is what most people fail to acknowledge) and with someone who loved him as much as he loved them. That is such a beautiful way to die and one that if the world cannot forgive you for the things that he did in the past; at least he could forgive himself. The Killer's Tears is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone who believes in second chances.
DianaJacqueline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What Mr. and Mrs. Poloverdo thought was just another visitor to their isolated home in Chile was actually what would change young Paolo¿s life forever. Angel Allegria was his name, the man that would change Paolo¿s life forever, the murderer of his parents. ¿The Killer¿s Tears¿ by Anne-Laure Bondoux was such a good book; it was so different from other books that I¿ve read, but yet so interesting. I felt that I got right into the book just from reading the first couple of pages. This book just makes you want to keep reading to find out what will happen next. I think that the author did an awesome job unveiling the story. The book was really fast paced in the beginning because just in the first five pages Paolo¿s parents are murdered by Angel, but this actually helps to grab the reader¿s attention. The book was mainly about struggle and the power of love. Once Paolo is left in the hands of Angel, a murderer, both their lives are changed completely, through each other they both learn what the meaning of love is. That changes the ruthless murderer into a caring father, the father that would teach Paolo love. Then another character is brought into the story, Luis Secunda, but Angel sees him more as competition for the love of Paolo, but Luis himself finds love through a girl and runs away with her. I won¿t say anything else because I don¿t want to give the story away, but I will say that there are many surprises and turns. This book was very good and I recommend it to anyone. It will make you look back and value the things you have.
CelenaD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Killer's Tears is a gripping story filled with an emotional rollercoaster. Imagine having your parents killed by a lone traveler. If that is not bad enough, imagine having to call him "Papa" afterwards. Poor Paolo Poloverdo goes through this all by himself, but cannot help to form an inseparable bond with his parents' killer, Angel. As the two begin to live together, another character is brought into the mix, Luis Secunda, a wealthy man with an urge to see the world. When he meets the curious pair of Angel and Paolo, however, he decides to become a member of their 'family'. When the trio ventures out into the world of Chile on their way to Valparaiso, things start to go downhill. Luis learns of Angel¿s true nature and leaves them for his new found love, so Angel and Paolo have to continue on their own. When Angel and Paolo cross paths with a kind lumberjack is when the real trouble starts. At first things seem to have finally gotten better for the pair, but any reader will tell you it¿s just like fattening the turkey up for the slaughter. Anne-Laure Bondoux has an excellent style of writing and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good father-son story.
MichaelLopez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The killers tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux was one of the best international books I have read yet. The story takes off right with in the first five pages and is really easy to get into. The story line always keeps you wondering. Give the story time to develop, the introduction does not represent the rest of the book well; however the intro is very blunt and catches your attention. Through out the story young Paolo is forced to grow up fast but is easy to care for as a character after all of the hardships in his life. You feel a little sorry for the poor kid after all he has gone through but his ¿Father¿ makes a lot of changes as well. Angel Paolo¿s Father begins the story as a notorious killer, running from his past. He ends up in a secluded area where young Paolo and his family lives. Paolo¿s family is brutally murdered but Angel cant bring him self to kill Paolo. Paolo practically becomes Angels son; they hide from modern civilization and Angel is finally at peace. It seems Angel has finally turned his life around.This book is a lot different from any other book I have ever read. It does not follow a traditional story line and always keeps you wondering. The book makes you step back and evaluate your life and your family. Take for granted what you have and know that not all bad things end up being so bad in the end. The book shows what real love and true bonding is. All in all it was a really good book and I would recommend it to any one
15arabellas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The killers tears is a book about struggle and father son love. the story winds through chile with the protaganist meeting many obstacles and freinds along the way. the story is a great one drawing in the reader and reaching out to the readers feelings. this is a great book and i would definatley recomend it.
SigmundFraud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a young adult novel by a fine french writer that can be enjoyed by adults.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Beautiful writing! A bizarre story about a boy who is raised by the man who murdered his parents.
Librarygirl66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the afternoon when Angel Allegria arrives at the Poloverdos' farmhouse, he kills the farmer and his wife. But he spares their child, Paolo-a young boy who will claim this as the day on which he was born. Together the killer and the boy begin a new life on this remote and rugged stretch of land in Chile. Then Luis Secunda, a well-to-do and educated fellow from the city descends upon them. Paolo is caught in the paternal rivalry between the two men. But life resumes its course . . . until circumstances force the three to leave the farm. In doing so, Angel and Luis confront their pasts as well as their inevitable destinies-destinies that profoundly shape Paolo's own future.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Can a killer love?

Is Angel's murder strike just what Paolo needs to gain his strength?

When Angel snatches the lives of Paolo's parents, Angel takes Paolo into his world. When an intelligent traveler discovers their house on the very edge of Chile, he teaches Angel how to love.

The first trip Paolo ever takes turns out to be a suicidal nightmare.

What kind of trip does this turn out to be?

THE KILLER'S TEARS tells a wonderful story of the love between a young child and a murderer. It has a wonderful word choice and is very well put together. A great read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can a killer love? Is Angel's murder strike just what Paolo needs to gain his strength? When Angel snatches the lives of Paolo's parents, Angel takes Paolo into his world. When an intelligent traveler discovers their house on the very edge of Chile, he teaches Angel how to love. The first trip Paolo ever takes turns out to be a suicidal nightmare. What kind of trip does this turn out to be? THE KILLER'S TEARS tells a wonderful story of the love between a young child and a murderer. It has a wonderful word choice and is very well put together. A great read!!! **Reviewed by: Holly
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scary, but great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books is about murder, and friendship. As the killer, Angel befriends with Paolo, a son of the person Angel killed, you find yourself heartwarming and crying. But I detested the ending. It ends with just 'Oh. He dies and Paolo meets with.....' and so on. But the story, you wont believe a human wrote that