I devoured this latest in the Spike Sanguinetti series in just two days. As always, the author wears his thorough research lightly - I feel I've learned a lot from the series in general, and from this book in particular about Gibraltar and what happened during the Second World War. Spike remains a very likeable and credible character - with his faults as well as his virtues, and his tendency for self-sabotage where personal relationships are concerned. Another very enjoyable and highly readable thriller - strongly recommended.
This is a new high point in an already excellent series. This time the story unfolds entirely in Gibraltar (albeit in different time periods!) and that's something I have no issue with; the wonderful descriptions of the British Overseas Territory and its cultural melting pot of citizens and visitors means I feel like I've been there already (although I haven't and desperately want to, as a result of this series). As the author effortlessly flits between important plot developments WW2 and modern day, the mystery bubbles away into a shocking conclusion what kept me guessing until the very end.
The richness and diversity of characters Mogford has built within the 5 Spike Sanguinetti novels endures and I very much look forward to the next in the series.
Those of us who are devotees of detective fiction, thrillers, police procedurals and mysteries, will be happy to be back in the company of Spike Sanguinetti. He is a satisfying anti-hero, no James Bond, rather a family man trying to do the right thing and make a living in the curious closed community of Gibraltar. The story concerns the solving of an historical mystery about who set off a bomb, an act of sabotage, in the WW2 Royal Naval dockyard in Gibraltar. It involves intrigue and cover-up, political manoeuvrings, legal rivalries and Spike having to deal with the wayward inclinations of his law firm's partner, the colourful eccentric, Peter Galliano. Running parallel to the main plot is an unusually intense personal, domestic drama about Spike's pregnant partner, Jessica Navarro. Thomas Mogford very cleverly makes the two distinct dramas touch crucially on one another, and a dual tension is created. The narrative of Jessica's extremely difficult act of giving birth gives a chilling account of the risks and dangers experienced by a woman in such a fraught situation. A Thousand Cuts is an ideal book to read on the long-haul flight. I read it between London and Auckland, NZ.
Intricate plot yet highly readable and kept my attention to the reveal . As usual thought provoking, human and with great historical and geographical detail without being an academic excercise in literary fiction writing