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Hollow Mountain: A Spike Sanguinetti Mystery by [Mogford, Thomas]
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Hollow Mountain: A Spike Sanguinetti Mystery Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in Spike Sanguinetti (4 Book Series)
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Evocative, engrossing and entertaining (The Times on Shadow of the Rock)

Shadow of the Rock, the first book by Thomas Mogford, is partly set on Gibraltar. It's exciting and assured - with a hero wonderfully called Spike Sanguinetti . Popular fiction at its best (Susan Hill Spectator, Books of the Year)

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)

Very original, and brilliantly rendered . a rare and enviable talent (William Boyd)

Classic detective story ... Mogford is a fluent writer and the book gains from its unusual setting (Sunday Times)

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One of the most thrilling new voices in crime, Thomas Mogford, is back with a violent and exciting adventure set in the dark heart of the Mediterranean

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1448 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7RD45A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is the first for me out of the three published so far. I enjoy a different take on crime detection and how people react in the various countries.

This book provides a great deal of background, albeit in small doses, on the Gibraltarians and especially the way the Spanish see and treat them.

Spike Sanguinetti is not a detective though he has some help fron a female police force member. I suppose the two earlier books would have had further detail of this relationship but, at least, she's on the right side as far as Spike is concerned.

The story is interesting in that it involves the underwater reclamation of a load of 19th century lead but the subterfuge pops up when a much earlier cargo of silver is located nearby.

Spike's investigation takes place because he is the lawyer representing the reclaimers who need all the relevant paperwork endorsed for them to continue.

Running alongside is Spike's misguided love for a girl who suddenly ups and leaves him, bringing Spike into a rather nasty drug & people trafficker.

Once you get into the way of things with the characters, the story is pretty good, though it's a shame the senior policeman is an idiot - as they usually seem to be in books these days. It was always going to be a book that ends in tears for the most part but, as ever, there's always a piece of the silver lining showing through.
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This is the third of Mogford's Spike Sanguinetti thrillers and it is possibly the best - which is saying something, because the first 2 (Shadow of the Rock and Sign of the Cross) were superb.
There are two main strands to this novel: the one arises from Spike's search for the beautiful Bedouin girl whom he loves, Zahra, and who appears to have been kidnapped by an extremely dangerous criminal; the other from an apparent hit-and-run, which has left Spike's partner in his law firm, Peter Galliano, in a coma: as the plot unfolds, we learn that there is more to this apparent accident that meets the eye, and it has certain connections to a haul of silver which has been discovered at the bottom of the sea in the Straits of Gibraltar. Both those strands come together in a perfect denouement, which is outdone only by the shocking and explosive ending.
Spike's character is fascinatingly explored. Ever enigmatic, he is darker than ever before in this novel, as the ghosts of his past are explored in an intriguing way. Also, the narrative cleverly weaves in - through the eyes of a hitman observing Spike secretly - a view of him through the eyes of another which contains some interesting insights into Spike's magnetism.
Another treat from this gifted crime thriller writer.
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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 May 2014
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Having read and reviewed the two previous books, Shadow of the Rock and Sign of the Cross featuring charismatic and slick lawyer Spike Sanguinetti, I could not wait for the third instalment to appear. So here it is, Hollow Mountain, and I think I can confidently say that it does not disappoint…

The novel opens in Gibraltar with a great scene- you can’t beat an ape appearing with a dismembered human arm and frightening a small child- quickly followed by the introduction of Spike Sanguinetti in Genoa on the trail of his errant former lover, the enigmatic and mysterious Zahra. Theirs has been a tricky relationship played out over the course of the three books, and this wily female continues to elude and frustrate the lovelorn Spike. Throw into the mix an almost fatal accident involving Sanguinetti’s partner in his law firm, and an intriguing tale involving the territorial rights of salvaging sunken ships highlighting also the push-me, pull-you battle over the sovereignty of Gibraltar- the hollow mountain of the title- and what transpires is a multi-faceted tale all played out with Mogford’s superb narrative control. Certainly for me, this tightness of plotting meant that no single strand of the story was more overplayed than the others, which is some feat in a relatively short crime novel.

Added to the assured control of plot, Mogford once again presents a cast of contrasting and full characters imbued with wit, charm, nastiness or greed in equal measure. Spike Sanguinetti is a charmer, with his air of calm control and suaveness, undone sporadically by not only the pursuit of Zahra, the heartwarming but fraught relationship with his father, but also by his uncanny knack to find himself in the thick of trouble and murder.
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The third instalment of lawyer Sanguinetti's quest for his girl Zahra interrupted by a rather pedestrian story about marine salvage and multiple murders all a bit Midsummer Murders transferred to Gibraltar. Our hero may or may not be suffering from Marfan's Syndrome like his father but until diagnosis he is quite the superhero, smoking, drinking, doing no physical exercise but still capable of outrunning a van and manhandling a man over a cliff. A good enough read but not a good enough book and he does not get the girl.
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Having read the first two novels in the series, I pre-ordered 'Hollow Mountain' several months ago and was excited to see it pitch up in the post for Easter...

Whilst there is no need to have read the other two novels to enjoy this one, I do think the background and character-building from the previous works helps. 'Hollow Mountain' for me certainly had a more threatening air about it with Spike Sanguinetti's family, friends and colleagues being put at significant risk by his amateur sleuthing.

The novel is essentially several stories in parallel culminating in an unpredictable denouement with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Aside from the intriguing plot, a barrage of local colour, the suggestion of sexual frisson and the reader's draw to the protagonist kept me glued to the novel.

Hoping for - and looking forward to - the next in the series!
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