A Russian gangster’s death draws a Spanish police detective into danger in this “exciting, morally complex series” by the author of A Small Death in Lisbon (The Washington Post).
As a sweltering Seville recovers from the shock of a terrorist attack, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón is struggling to find the bombers. The death of a gangster in a spectacular car crash offers vital evidence implicating the Russian mafia in his investigation, but it pitches Falcón into the heart of a turf war over prostitution and drugs. Now the target of vicious hoods, he finds that those closest to him are also coming under intolerable pressure: his best friend, who’s spying for the Spanish government, reveals that he is being blackmailed by Islamist extremists, and Falcón’s own lover suffers a mother’s worst nightmare. He might be able to bring the perpetrators of the bombing to justice, but there will be a devastating price to pay.
“Few writers—in any genre—can match Wilson’s depth of character and plot or his evocation of place and of history.” —The Boston Globe