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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I love the excerpts! Scott Kelly sounds like a really intriguing character. Good review!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla! Yes, Scott Kelly is quite a creation, and you can easily imagine him as a real person, with all his contradictions. Lovers of the genre will have a field day with this novel. Take care!

  2. Terry Tyler says:

    This looks great, Olga – politically incorrect always piques my interest, and I like ‘violent and vicious’, too. Will put it on the ‘take another look’ section of the TBR list!!

    1. I think you’re likely to enjoy this one, Terry. I’m not a big lover of decaffeinated versions of history, especially when those are recent enough to have plenty of information available about them. Keep well and keep recommending great books (and writing, of course)!

  3. What an intriguing review, Olga. I’m very tempted to jump right into this one, just because it seems so unique. Although the violence might be too much for me. Nicely done. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. It depends on how seriously you take it. The violence is not at the level of modern horror or even some of the most explicit thrillers, but it would be quite at home with the hard-boiled novels of the period, so it depends on how you feel about those. The topic of domestic violence (or rather, men being violent towards women) comes up as well, although readers don’t experience it directly (as far as I remember). Keep well and stay safe.

  4. Definitely one for me. However, the Amazon UK link doesn’t work. When I searched for the book on the main Amazon UK site, it doesn’t appear to be for sale there. I’ill keep looking to see if it is released here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I usually just change the ending to the US link and assume it will be the same, but I’ve noticed that some novels aren’t always released straight away on Kindle format in the UK, and sometimes I can only find a paperback or a hardback version. What tends to happen to me is that if I click the link on Amazon.com, it asks me if I’ve made a mistake and offers to send me to the one I used now (in my case, Amazon.es, Amazon Spain). I don’t know if that happens everywhere, though, but I can’t find it either. It might be worth following the author, as Amazon will probably inform you then whenever it becomes available. The book has been published by a small publisher, so it might depend on their distribution, I suspect.
      This is the website of the publisher, based in Weston-super-Mare. I can’t see the book listed here yet, though, so perhaps it’s a matter of time…
      I hope you can get it. It is quite a read!
      Stay well.

      1. I tried the American link, but no joy. It might be too soon. 🙂

        1. Checking it, it only appears on paperback even in the US, although there are reviews from the UK and the US. Some might be gifted, but some appear as verified purchases, so it must have been available at some point, although the paperback version appears out of print now. It is listed as having been printed in January. I’ve been checking, and I’ve e-mailed you with some added information.

          1. Thanks very much, Olga.

          2. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks, Pete. Good of you to notice.

  5. This is a good review, Olga. A terminally ill character trying to save his girlfriend is very interesting.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. He is obsessed by his girlfriend, the only person who makes him feel anything (he explains that when he came back from the war, he couldn’t feel anything, and that’s still the case most of the time, except for her), but the relationship is… difficult. Be well and enjoy the rest of the week.

  6. dgkaye says:

    Amazing review Olga. Because I like a good mystery and historical fiction and the unusual, I’m going to add it. <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. It’s good to see you around, and I hope life is getting a bit more bearable slowly. Don’t worry if you can’t find the book. It seems that the author has moved on to another publishing company, so it might take a bit of time to reappear again, but I’m sure it will. I’ll update the links when I get any new information. Big hugs. ♥

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. I’m slowly trying to visit some of my favorite blogs when the moments hit. Other times I’m just plain numb. One day at a time. <3

        1. Indeed. Slowly and surely does it. ♥

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  7. This sounds very interesting and a great review, Olga. I alway like noir. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. Unfortunately, the author has moved on, and the book is not available right at the moment, although it should be republished by a new publishing company soon. In the meantime, I have another one of his books on my list, and I hope that by the time I’m ready to share my review there will be new links to share for his work. If you love classic noir and hard-boiled, I definitely recommend his work. Stay safe.

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