Shadow of the Rock Synopsis
A humid summer night in Gibraltar. Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti arrives home to find an old friend, Solomon Hassan, waiting on his doorstep.
Solomon is on the run. A Spanish girl has been found with her throat cut on a beach in Tangiers and he is accused of her murder. He has managed to skip across the Straits but the Moroccan authorities want him back.
Spike travels to Tangiers to try to delay Solomon’s extradition, and there meets a beautiful Bedouin girl. Zahra is investigating the disappearance of her father, a trail which leads mysteriously back to Solomon. Questioning how well he really knows his friend, Spike finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of secrets, corruption and murderous lies. (Bloomsbury)
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The girl gasps as his fingernails rake the soft skin of her inner thigh. She reaches for the whisky bottle and takes a long slow drink, clear brown liquid spilling down her lips and chin.
I received this title courtesy of Bloomsbury ANZ. It is the first title in debut author Thomas Mogford’s Spike Sanguinetti Mystery Series. I am enjoying Mogford’s writing so far – he sets a scene well but at the same time is quite efficient with his prose.
This novel has a mysterious feel to it similar to The Golden Scales by Parker Bilal.