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The Casablanca Case (Errol Black Book 2)

The Casablanca Case (Errol Black Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Swift
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The much anticipated sequel to Black Shadows.

Like an old lover, gone bad...the return of Errol Black in a dark tale of treachery, betrayal and murder.

The much anticipated sequel to the best-selling crime thriller, Black Shadows.

It’s Summer, 1950, Casablanca. A once beautiful town, now riddled with infighting, corruption and murder.

Ten years ago the roads were paved with gold and private eye, Errol Black, thought he had found love that would last forever. He left not long after with a bullet in his shoulder, his life hanging by a thread and the love story shattered into a million bloody pieces.

Returning to find answers to the unexplained killing of his best friend, he finds himself haunted by the past. Digging deeper leads him right into the middle of a bloodbath, where nobody can be trusted and nothing is quite how it seems.
The Casablanca Case is a hardboiled piece of noir.

Praise for Simon Swift...

"Bodies pile up fast in Swift’s rollicking debut. Reads like a psychedelic ode to history and the cliché …and maybe that’s the point." ~ Andy Straka, bestselling author of Witness Above

"Just when you might think: they don’t write 'em like they used to…an author comes along with a true passion for classic rat-a-tat-tat, shoot 'em full o' holes, gumshoe crime fiction." ~ John Walker, Suspense Magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (27 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EQTV3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Swift is a writer of hardboiled mystery fiction. His debut novel, BLACK SHADOWS, published by Wild Wolf Publishing in 2011, is a bestseller on amazon kindle and a former Authonomy Gold Star Winner. He has been compared to genre masters, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

THE CASABLANCA CASE is his second novel in the Errol Black Trilogy and was published to critical acclaim in May 2012. The third and final mystery, provisionally entitled THE GOLD GATE GOODBYE will follow shortly.

Simon has been writing for as long as he can remember...

A voracious reader from an early age, he fell in love with the adventures of hardboiled detectives Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. His own hero, Errol Black now fills the same pages as these fictional detectives.

As well as writing, Simon passes the time trying to improve the lives of young children as an Assistant Headteacher at a primary school, playing football with his two young children and being a dedicated husband to his lovely wife. He has previously imported Oriental rugs, delivered pizzas, farmed pumpkins in rural Queensland and served in the Royal Artillery.

As well as his family, his amazing job and writing, Simon loves cricket and very rare, rib-eye steak.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE BLOCKBUSTER IN THE MAKING 1 Mar 2012
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Reading one of Simon Swifts' novels is a bit like meeting up with an old friend. Errol Black is one of my favourite fictional characters, and this time he is down in Casablanca solving yet another case.

Explosive openings are becoming a trade mark of Simon Swift and the Casablanca Case is no exception.
Two teenagers are copulating in sand dunes on a beach lost in their own needs. A little way off men are being assassinated with silencer fitted .45's where they sleep.

As we move on in the story Errol is in the morgue about to take a look at the body of his oldest friend Hermeez Wentz. His courage comes from smoking several lungful's of a `lucky' before he pulls back the sheet.
The death is filed under a burglary gone wrong, but Errol knows better than that and is determined to prove otherwise with or without the help of the local Police....

If you love a real good crime mystery you will love The Casablanca Case, the sequel to Black Shadows. There are several murders, a very good sprinkling of eroticism in the storyline and the appearance of a past love interest which also heats up the pages.

This is the second novel I've read in the series convinced I had sussed out the outcome only to be outwitted once again by the superb writing of Simon Swift.

If you love Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet and the like, you will love The Casablanca Case.

For me, both Black Shadows and The Casablanca Case have the potential of becoming blockbuster films. Liquid gold seems to just drip from every page written by Simon Swift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumshoe at its Best 9 Aug 2012
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In this book Simon Swift takes you back to the 50's and the era of the hardboiled gumshoe. The Gumshoe in question is Errol Black who has returned to the somewhat strange town of Casablanca to invesitigate his friends murder. This book is so well written that it had me completely immersed in and believing I was back in the 50's. I could picture everything as though I was right in the thick of the action. There is a cast of ever more eccentric characters, and yet each one of them seems exactly right for the time and for the story. The gangsters and the thugs were portrayed exactly right. The suspense in the book is high and keeps you guessing until the end. In fact, the ending took me completely by surprise, and I did not see it coming at all. At several points I thought I had worked things out but was completely wrong each time. The storyline moves along at a rapid pace, but somehow still manages to portray a time when things were more laid back. The book has everything, murder, mystery, friendship, thugs, gangsters, fights, drink and gambling.In the midst of this there is also a glimpse of honour amongst theives. Swift somehow manages to encompass it all.

Anyone who likes a good PI book, in the style of the 50's authors will not be disappointed. I do have to add though that there is a strong adult theme in this book with a lot of adult content. This is not usually something I would like in a book but it does fit well in this one due to the nature of the storyline. I would highly recommended this book but it is not for the easily offended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Casablanca case. 20 July 2012
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There will always be a new generation ready to take over in any genre and Simon Swift is set to dominate the crime scene. His main character Errol Black has elements of Sam Spade and Mike Hammer but he only resembles them in fleeting moments and Simon develops a new breed for the genre. The only confusion I had was that (Being a Brit)I didn't know that there was a Casablanca in the states and so my imagination started off in North Africa.Highly recommended and five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would make an excellent movie. 26 Aug 2012
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I'm a huge fan of noir detective novels. Simon Swift is at the top of his game in the CASABLANCA CASE. Once again we enter the world of Errol Black. I had no idea what to expect or where we'd end up. I just knew I couldn't put the book down until I had followed Errol into this thrilling mystery. This would make an excellent movie. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Crime Story of cinematic quality. 10 Aug 2012
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Crime novels are always fun, especially when they are well written; the characters become real in front of your eyes and you are sucked into the underworld of the city you are reading about.

"The Casablanca Case" is no exception. This is a detective drama with a modern twist and fully deserves to be made into a movie or TV series - Erroll Black could be the next "Michael Weston"!

I really enjoyed reading this and think it deserves to be a winner.
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