Really enjoyed this latest installment in the Spike Sanguinetti series -- although this book stands on its own as a self-contained story. I was drawn in to A Thousand Cuts by the historical fiction aspect as well as Spike's personal story. I won't give too much away, but suffice it to say that the themes of family work brilliantly in parallel. As usual, Mogford breathes real life into characters as the surrounding crime mystery unfolds.
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