One might have thought that Spanish-set crime was territory sewed up by the likes of Robert Wilson, but Nick Sweet proves to have the measure of the genre with The Long Siesta. This concise novel is set 1998 Seville. An elderly priest has been gruesomely killed, and Nick Sweet’s protagonist Inspector Velasquez quickly finds himself with a slew of trouble involving Russian gangsters and further ecclesiastical murders. Velasquez proves to be an intriguing and idiosyncratic protagonist, and Sweet evokes his sultry locale with maximum vividness.

Barry Forshaw

The Long Siesta is published by Grey Cells Press

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