By Thomas Mogford

A humid summer time evening at the heights of Gibraltar. legal professional Spike Sanguinetti unearths Solomon Hassan, an old style buddy, ready on his doorstep. Accused of murdering a Spanish lady in Tangiers, Solomon swears his innocence. He has controlled to bypass around the Straits however the Moroccan professionals call for his go back.

Spike travels to Tangiers within the wish of delaying the extradition. Solomon's boss, Nadeer--the founding father of a renewable-energy corporation referred to as Dunetech that's at the verge of financing a major solar-powered web site within the Sahara--suggests that if Spike can hold up Solomon's trial until eventually after the deal is signed, he'll convince the governor of Tangiers to bury the extradition call for. Complicating this supply, Spike encounters a Bedouin woman who insists that Dunetech is engaged in a nefarious scheme associated with the disappearance of her father. As Spike uncovers the reality, he unearths himself drawn deeper and deeper right into a international of secrets and techniques, corruption, and murderous lies.

Skillfully evoking the unique landscapes and intricate politics of Gibraltar and Morocco, Shadow of the Rock marks the coming of a compelling new voice in crime fiction.

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Lower than, Zahra used to be creeping in the course of the flotsam. Spike moved to the railings and the lighting went out. once they flickered again on, she’d reached the door. The stain on her gown bloomed like a rose. ‘Tanger Ville Station,’ she repeated. ‘Eleven thirty. ’ bankruptcy forty six ‘So what you're telling me,’ Inspector Hakim Eldrassi stated as he drew deeply on his cigarette, ‘is that you simply entered this house illegally. ’ He and Spike sat at the fingers of opposing sofas. Upstairs, the floorboards creaked with job. In entrance of them, a bearded guy in shirtsleeves was once perching on a stepladder, tightening mild bulbs. ‘Esperanza had an appointment to determine Abdallah al-Manajah at the day she died,’ Spike acknowledged. ‘It used to be critical I seek advice from him within the pursuits of my customer. while I came, the door was once unlocked. I entered and located Mr al-Manajah upstairs. ’ The lighting fixtures grew regular and the bearded guy descended. He picked up a digital camera from the kitchenette and commenced snapping images of the mezzanine ceiling, calling out a query to Hakim, who spoke back in Arabic, casting approximately half-heartedly for an ashtray prior to eventually tapping his ash at the ground. ‘First,’ Hakim resumed, ‘you lead me to a barman who you declare used to be in ownership of Esperanza’s purse. Now you deliver me right here, the place a guy who supposedly met Esperanza earlier than she died is killed with a knife at the Jour Sacré, the very day while to blame souls may possibly input Heaven. ’ Hakim’s sallow eyes controlled a twinkle. ‘So I ask myself: How some distance will a legal professional opt for his customer? Will he search to incriminate others? forged seeds of doubt? ’ He became, surveying the flat with what seemed like unhappiness. ‘Of direction, you can't depart the rustic now. no longer till the coroner has his verdict. ’ ‘I have commitments in Gibraltar. ’ ‘I presume you recognize the legislation, Mr Sanguinetti. ’ ‘How lengthy? ’ ‘We bury the lifeless quick in Tangiers. days for the coroner. one other to your assertion. ’ Spike took out the penultimate enterprise card from his pockets. ‘You dropped by way of my resort the previous day. Who instructed you the place i used to be? ’ ‘The Sûreté is able to a undeniable measure of potency. ’ Hakim stubbed out his cigarette at the spinning globe. ‘So he was once alive if you happen to chanced on him? ’ ‘He opened his eyes. We concept it top to not circulate him. ’ ‘We? ’ ‘Sorry? ’ ‘You stated you have been by myself. ’ ‘The royal “we”, Inspector Eldrassi. An English idiom. We did this. We did that. ’ Hakim’s moustache twitched. ‘Not an idiom with which i'm normal. ’ ‘You should still spend extra time in Gibraltar. ’ A creak got here from at the back of as a couple of uniformed legs seemed at the stairs, by way of one finish of a black ziplock bag on a stretcher. ‘I have circulated your info to the port authorities,’ Hakim acknowledged, eyeing Spike’s suitcase, ‘in case you felt a similar . . . demand domestic as your shopper. ’ A policeman handed Hakim a sealed express bag. inside of it was once a cell, Esperanza’s cellular quantity displayed at the display as a lately neglected name. Hakim nodded and the policeman started to transparent a passageway in the course of the junk for the cortège. ‘What makes a guy reside like this?

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