Sub-inspector Max Romero is asked to help investigate the death of Leila, a beautiful Muslim postgraduate student, researching the impacts of the Spanish Civil War on Max's home village in the Sierra Nevada. The prime suspect, Hassan, has links to a supposed terrorist group but the police's insensitive handling of the case leads to his tragic ...
Sub-inspector Max Romero is asked to help investigate the death of Leila, a beautiful Muslim postgraduate student, researching the impacts of the Spanish Civil War on Max's home village in the Sierra Nevada. The prime suspect, Hassan, has links to a supposed terrorist group but the police's insensitive handling of the case leads to his tragic suicide. As a result, Max gets co-opted into the anti-terrorist operation based in Granada, which is destined to go terribly wrong. Meanwhile, Max's fascinating family, headed by his charismatic grandmother Paula, loom large in the gathering events, while shadows from the Spanish Civil War crowd in to influence the present. The story moves from the ancient cobbled streets of Granada to the sultry mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Over it all hovers the mesmerising but tragic beauty of the city of Granada.
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-10-13 A beautifully rendered setting and memorable characters more than offset the rambling narrative of this debut, the first of a projected series from British author Brooke (the husband-wife team of Philip O'Brien and Jane Brooke) to feature an appealing Scots-Spanish detective whose mixed heritage gives him valuable perspective. Sub-Insp. Max Romero, a liaison to the Muslim community, is the man in the middle as the impact of the death of pretty young graduate student Leila Mahfouz, in the Spanish village of Diva near Grenada, ripples outward. Mahfouz's demise sparks both a murder investigation and a politically motivated inquiry into the "European Training Centre for young Muslim entrepreneurs." A stain of corruption reaching back to the 1936 death of poet Federico GarcIa Lorca provides a haunting counterpoint to the current crime. Romero, besides assisting the local police investigation, must also deal with pressure from a powerful antiterrorist group. The many plot threads of this thought-provoking mystery can be hard to follow, but readers who persevere will feel well rewarded. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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