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Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford

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The first volume in a new series featuring Gibraltar lawyer and accidental sleuth Spike Sanguinetti, a novel that offers a deceptively exotic new setting hitherto unexplored by crime fiction, characterised by the Rock's proximity to North Africa. Mogford is expert at setting up a wonderful sense of place and his tale of a man on the run, a beautiful Bedouin and her disappearing father develops a complex spider's web of intrigue and adventure that proves wonderfully rewarding and wets our appetite for further appearances for Spike and his steel-like resolve.

Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2013.

CWA Judges' comment: “Well written, beautifully crafted with a wonderful sense of place and voice. This fast moving adventure is more than just another accidental private investigator racing through an exotic landscape, this is a first-class thriller in which lawyer Spike discovers the underside of the Gibraltar dream and establishes a major new character in the criminal pantheon.”

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Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2013.

Solomon Hassan is on the run, accused of a brutal murder in Tangiers. 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.


'Very original ... and brilliantly rendered ... a rare and enviable talent' William Boyd

'Makes ideal, if rather disturbing, reading if you're holidaying in Morocco ... Evocative, engrossing and entertaining' The Times

'This couldn't have been any better ... an engrossing tale that captures the reader's heart. I look forward to the new adventures of Mr. Spike Sanguinetti'

'If you want a terrific first thriller to enjoy, try Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford - it's ace - an original, pacy, great writing debut' Susan Hill on Twitter

'Don't miss ... A good start to a promised series featuring Spike Sanguinetti, a Gibraltan lawyer' Literary Review

'A top rate thriller' -- Simon Lelic

'Terrific. What Aurelio Zen was to Italy, Spike Sanguinetti could turn out to be for Gibraltar' -- Charles Cumming

'I loved Shadow of the Rock. Mogford's sharp prose drew me in from the first page and his intriguingly flawed hero Spike stands out in the memory' -- Sadie Jones

About the Author

Thomas Mogford

Thomas Mogford read 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 Chelsea, London.

Author photo © Lloydy Brabyn

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Publication date

11th April 2013


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


272 pages


Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / suspense



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