Last night saw the book launch for Shadow of the Rock from debut crime fiction author Thomas Mogford, published by Bloomsbury. It was one of those lovely occasions where the main attendees consisted of friends and family. Thomas’s grandfather – in his eighties – was there, as well as a young baby, plus accompanying news of another impending arrival for Thomas himself! Those who had worked closely with Thomas from agency Greene & Heaton and Bloomsbury were also in attendance.
Following an introduction from the Director of Gibraltar House, Peter Canessa, Thomas then made a speech, all in the presence of First Minister Fabian Picardo. Thomas’s Bloomsbury editor, Michael Fishwick completed the round of speeches with further details of the novel.
Sir Gerald Kaufman – who, in addition to politics also reviews crime fiction for the Scotsman – was spotted later, in very colourful attire.
Many congratulations to Thomas!
Find out more at Thomas’s site (also on twitter @ThomasMogford) and click on the cover for Amazon. Here’s the synopsis for the novel, which is the start of series:
A humid summer night in Gibraltar.
Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti arrives home to find an old friend, Solomon Hassan, waiting on his doorstep.
Solomon is on the run. A Spanish girl has been found with her throat cut on a beach in Tangiers and he is accused of her murder.
He has managed to skip across the Straits but the Moroccan authorities want him back. Spike travels to Tangiers to try to delay Solomon’s extradition, and there meets a beautiful Bedouin girl.
Zahra is investigating the disappearance of her father, a trail which leads mysteriously back to Solomon. Questioning how well he really knows his friend, Spike finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of secrets, corruption and murderous lies.