Sunday, 29 November 2015
The Galician Parallax
Set in 2004, it touches on the three coordinated attacks on three commuter trains in rush hour Madrid that murdered almost 200 people, leaving a further 2,000 with physical and psychological scars.
A Jihadist group working in Madrid had taken two years to plan and then execute the attacks. The next planned attack would be in London.
At the beginning of the novel, a British yachtsman who lives in the Spanish city of Vigo kills himself.
Or did he? Because Segio Garcia, a youthful and inquisitive lieutenant in the Spanish Civil Guards does not believe in the suicide theory. For he suspects that the Briton's death may well have been down to a homicide.
In his own time he runs what is, virtually, an investigation that is running parallel to the official investigation that is being mounted by his colleagues.
As his own investigation proceeds he digs deeper into the case and is staggered to discover that there is a link between his private case and Al Qaeda.
The problem is, he realises that he cannot prove conclusively that the link actually exists.
He forms the conclusion that he cannot take the next step forward to prove his thesis on the link without the help and assistance of the British authorities. So he drafts in the assistance of Stan Bullock, who is the honorary British Consul.
Bullock is amenable to help and begins to bend the rules of the consular and Foreign Office rules in order to obtain the information that is required.
Their combined efforts do uncover a link to one of the top cocaine cartels operating within the United Kingdom, but ut is terrorists operatives that form a real and present danger to the lives of our two heroes.
Could they prevail against apparently insurmountable odds? Would they survive?
This is a pacy and exciting thriller and will make an ideal Christmas gift for the lover fo thriller novels.
It is published by Matador at £10.99 and is available via the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, which is to be found at the righthand side of this book review.