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The Maze of Cadiz

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848544437

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 5th August 2010

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense / Espionage & Spy Thriller

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‘Atmospheric and surprising’ The Sunday Times

‘Cotton’s investigating is clever and fascinating’ Guardian

Book 1 in the Peter Cotton spy thriller series, for fans of John le Carré and Robert Harris.

Spain, September 1944. The war in Europe is drawing to a close; formerly neutral Franco is edging closer to the Allies. Peter Cotton, a young Intelligence officer, is sent to investigate the activities.

On his arrival, Cotton learns that a fellow British agent, May, has been found dead. May had spent much of the war in the remote outpost of Cadiz, monitoring the Spanish smuggling of raw materials to aid the Axis war efforts. But in the months leading up to his death he had severed all contacts with his London controllers.

Cotton travels to Cadiz where he must work with sinister local police inspector Ramirez to investigate May’s death. But they are not the only ones with an interest in May. Cadiz is a hotbed of rumours and shifting political alliances. And what Cotton discovers amid the stifling heat and dust could just tilt the emerging balance of post-war power.

The Peter Cotton spy thriller series:
Book 1: The Maze of Cadiz
Book 2: Washington Shadow
Book 3: Icelight
Book 2: Black Bear
Short story: Redeemable


'The Maze of Cadiz is a splendid debut mystery ... Monroe provides terrific and convincing historical atmosphere; I am delighted that she is writing more Peter Cotton novels'
Marcel Berlins, The Times
'Aly Monroe has created an impressive novel with an extraordinary, dream-like atmosphere ... only the first of a series of novels about him. The next can't come too soon.'
Natasha Cooper, Financial Times
'Aly Monroe is a newcomer to crime writing, whose accomplished debut, The Maze of Cadiz, is set in 1944 ... Monroe's portrait of Cadiz in the aftermath of the civil war is atmospheric, and in a surprising twist the mild-mannered Cotton turns out to be as devious as his adversaries'
Joan Smith, The Sunday Times
'Cotton's investigating is clever and fascinating'
Matthew Lewin, Guardian
Sunday Telegraph
'Her writing is skilful and evocative...The Maze of Cadiz is a stylish and impressive debut'
'Intelligent spy tale with little action and lots of intrigue ... very atmospheric'
'I have been quite captivated ...The book had me totally convinced that Ms Monroe knows her Spain and, more to the point, knows the Spain of 1944 ...wonderfully atmospheric, very well-written'
'Monroe lines up an array of strong and picturesque characters'
Edward James, Historical Novels Review
'Fans of convoluted espionage fiction will find much joy in this, the first instalment of a promising new series'
Mat Coward, Morning Star
'The slow pace of this novel is deliberate and perfectly authentic as it captures the Spanish approach to life ... a joy to read and a real page turner'
'It is extremely well written, involving, clever, emotional and satisfying - a debut novel of the very highest promise'
Nick Hay, Reviewing the Evidence
'First-time novelist Aly Monroe brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the southern Spanish seaport...this is the first in a promised series of Peter Cotton novels. I can't wait for the next'
Birmingham Mail
'Monroe writes in an intriguing way that is not always easy to follow but does seduce the reader to keep turning the pages'
Dover Express & Folkstone Herald
'In Aly Monroe's memorable thriller, British agent Peter Cotton arrives in the port to investigate the death of a fellow intelligence officer and immediately finds himself in danger'
Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'Enormously promising, THE MAZE OF CADIZ moves from the serious and sad to the quirky to the historical to the literary to the near poetic . . . the best historical mystery I have read this year. It is extremely well-written, involving, clever, emotional and satisfying - a debut novel of the very highest promise'
'Monroe's eye for character and the general atmosphere of the book make it an entertaining read'
The Fiction Desk (online)