Journalist Charlie Barrow originally intends to explore Spain as a tourist, to relax and escape from the pressures of work. But after his arrival in Castillo, where a mass grave of Civil War victims has been discovered, Barrow can't resist the temptation to follow his gut and seek answers. Accompanied by an intelligent lawyer, Carlito, and a beautiful archaeologist, Elena, Barrow wastes no time making enemies of a powerful political party and another, misguided, lawyer, Ortiz.
Chasing the story of corruption in a land where old-fashioned political prejudices die hard, Barrow travels from country to city, and back again. Dodging bullets, Arab bodyguards, and untrustworthy officials, the shambling journalist seems certain to face many triumphs as well as the loss of friendships, loves and hopes.
Jack Thompson was born a long time ago in northern England. After spells as a teacher, bus conductor, industrial spy and pianist in workers’ clubs, he joined the BBC in 1967 and eventually landed the job of foreign correspondent for the World Service. He reported from Asia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union, eastern and central Europe and South Africa. Since retiring in 2002, he has devoted himself to writing. In 2006 he won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award for Crime-writing with his thriller A Wicked Device. He lives in London with his wife and a golden retriever.
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