Author(s): Thomas Mogford
One 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, 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. Questioning how well he really knows his friend, Spike finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of secrets, corruption and murderous lies.
The first in an exciting new crime series set in Gibraltar and Morocco, featuring lawyer Spike Sanguinetti
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 CriminalElement.com 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
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.