Shadow of the Rock: A Spike Sanguinetti Novel

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A humid summer night on the heights of Gibraltar. Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti finds Solomon Hassan, an old school friend, waiting on his doorstep. Accused of murdering a Spanish girl in Tangiers, Solomon swears his innocence. He has managed to skip across the Straits but the Moroccan authorities demand his return.

Spike travels to Tangiers in the hope of delaying the extradition. Solomon's boss, Nadeer—the founder of a renewable-energy company called Dunetech that is on the verge ...

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Overview

A humid summer night on the heights of Gibraltar. Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti finds Solomon Hassan, an old school friend, waiting on his doorstep. Accused of murdering a Spanish girl in Tangiers, Solomon swears his innocence. He has managed to skip across the Straits but the Moroccan authorities demand his return.

Spike travels to Tangiers in the hope of delaying the extradition. Solomon's boss, Nadeer—the founder of a renewable-energy company called Dunetech that is on the verge of financing an enormous solar-powered site in the Sahara—suggests that if Spike can delay Solomon's trial until after the deal is signed, he will persuade the governor of Tangiers to bury the extradition demand. Complicating this offer, Spike encounters a Bedouin girl who insists that Dunetech is engaged in a nefarious scheme linked to the disappearance of her father. As Spike uncovers the truth, he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a world of secrets, corruption, and murderous lies.

Skillfully evoking the exotic landscapes and complicated politics of Gibraltar and Morocco, Shadow of the Rock marks the arrival of a compelling new voice in crime fiction.

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Gibraltar tax attorney Spike Sanguinetti agrees to help childhood schoolmate Solomon Hassan fight extradition to Morocco when Solomon is accused of murdering his boss's stepdaughter, Esperanza, in Tangiers. Being Jewish, Solomon fled the country because he is convinced the Moroccans will happily convict him. Spike travels to Tangiers, where he finds the authorities less than cooperative and Solomon's employer, a solar power company called Dunetech, most sinister. After a harrowing night, Spike tracks down Zahra, a Bedouin woman who knew Esperanza and suspects Dunetech had something to do with her death since the company covets the Bedouin lands. Spike manages to find enough allies to save his life, and along the way, he achieves some justice for those who need it most. VERDICT Guns, grit, and torture: this breathtaking debut runs through the shifting sands with aplomb. Mogford's exotic locales, gorgeous prose, and closing twist make this debut a showstopper. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Genre Spotlight feature, "Crime Travels," LJ 4/15/12.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620401996
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: A Spike Sanguinetti Novel Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Mogford studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from City University, London. He works for ITV Sport as a translator and reporter on the UEFA Champions League. His short fiction has been published in The Field Magazine, Litro and Notes from the Underground. An early work featuring Spike Sanguinetti reached the semi-finals of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was referred to by Publishers Weekly as 'an exotic, addictive mystery.' Thomas Mogford is married and lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    I especially liked this book because it took place in Gibraltar

    I especially liked this book because it took place in Gibraltar and Morocco, not the usual settings for mystery or thriller novels. Will definitely read the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    A very good read. I enjoyed all the location and character descriptions. Well done

    Charcter development and location descriptives set in a good story line make a good read for me this book has all 3. Not many books use the Rock as a setting and that is what initially interested me. But the twists and turns of the story sealed the deal. I enjoyed this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    recommended

    Interesting and refreshing

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