Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2013.
CWA Judges' comment: “A very dark and chilling account of Spain under Franco, this novel is intensely atmospheric and a truly substantial work.”
1936, Badajoz: His unit defeated, his ammunition spent, a boy-soldier flees into the hills pursued by Franco's shock-troops. He will need more than luck to survive the day. 1953, Madrid: Amid snow-bound streets, the head of Franco's secret police discovers the web of lies burying his past is unravelling. Even for a man feared throughout the city, the truth is a death sentence. 2009, Las Penas: Forensic Investigator Ana Maria Galindez unearths a mass grave in a disused mine. Her investigation will disturb forces that have lain dormant for decades. THE SENTINEL is a spellbinding thriller in a trilogy of rare power and scope that unlocks the dark heart of Spain, weaving past and present together to portray a country still scarred by civil war, still riven by fear and hatred, still plagued by secrets that refuse to die.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
'Superbly told, and with a fine villain at its heart, this is a remarkable first thriller that bodes exceptionally well for Oldfield's future'
The Daily Mail
'An extremely compelling read ... Oldfield builds and maintains tensions like a pro, and is one to watch' It's a Crime
'Polished and impressive ... [for] fans of Kate Mosse'
'A remarkably accomplished and interesting debut
Publication date: 01/04/2013
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||1st April 2013|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
Mark Oldfield was born in Sheffield, but now lives in Kent. He holds a PhD in criminology.More About Mark Oldfield