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A Darker Night (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

P J Brooke
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Praise for the Sub-Inspector Max Romero series:

“A beautifully rendered setting and memorable characters . . . feature[s] an appealing Scots-Spanish detective whose mixed heritage gives him valuable perspective.”—Publishers Weekly

“Brooke writes a compelling and well-paced mystery, smoothly weaving in historical and cultural background and creating in the young, sensitive Max, a refreshing new face in international crime fiction.”—Booklist

“A compelling tale, richly embroidered with complex characters and multiple plot threads. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review


The historic city of Granada is vibrant with the spectacle of its Easter processions; its bars and streets brimming with life. But high in the adjacent Alhambra hills, gypsy guitarist Paco is found dead in a Sacromonte cave.

Sub-Inspector Max Romero is brought in to investigate Paco's death. An initially straightforward inquiry, it soon shades into something more sinister when Max reveals a link with a major property speculation in the beautiful Sacromonte valley below the Alhambra Palace; one that involves laundered drug money, city corruption and Opus Dei.

As Max sinks ever deeper into a political quagmire, he clashes with old foe Inspector Ernesto Navarro. He discovers that, even in vibrant Granada, amid its beauty and drama, the dead can reach out to the living.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nichts für schwache Nerven 14. August 2010
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Der zweite Kriminalroman von P.J. Brooke fesselt von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite. Es entwickelt sich eine gut durchdachte Kriminalstory, in der die sympathische Hauptfigur Sub-Inspector Max Romero durch ein Wechselbad von Gefühlen, Erfolgen und Misserfolgen gehetzt wird. Eingebettet in die Stadt und Kultur Granadas, vor dem Hintergrund spanischer Zeitgeschichte, verwoben mit aktuellen politischen Themen, wie Grundstücksspekulationen bietet der Krimi ein sehr dichtes und höchst interessantes Setting. Der Fall löst sich, wie schon im ersten Teil, nicht schwarz auf weiss auf - zu viele Kräfte wirken, zu vieles bleibt verborgen. Nichts für schwache Nerven.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht fertig gelesen 6. Februar 2013
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Habe nach ca 30 Seiten aufgehört zu lesen. Langweilig, Schreibstift nicht überzeugend und generell nicht authentisch. Titel klang spannend, Beschreibung auch, aber Inhalt war generell enttäuschend.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Una noche oscura 15. September 2010
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So how is Max faring in the Granada police force and does he return to Glasgow for a visit at all? Turns out Max has developed a quality drinking habit involving fine Spanish wines along with the best tapas Granada has to offer. He finds another girlfriend whose eco politics are appealing as is her musical taste. Set in Holy Week while the various processions are going on the well-researched plot has some great elements involving some shady wealthy characters. True after the initial death it's slower to get going than Blood Wedding and it often gets caught up in close detail (which effectively draws a vivid map of the city) so when it speeds up half way through there's some fast working out and thinking to do. While I enjoyed the contemporary property speculation aspect which rings very true I'd like to have spent a bit more time with him chatting to his lovely family in the Alpujarra and hear more about the continuing story about the missing bodies of those killed during the Spanish Civil War. Next book maybe? Meanwhile Max keep listening to the flamenco, and hey maybe even try a step or two? - olé!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a real page-turner 20. Dezember 2010
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Phil O'Brien and Jane Brooke's second novel is a real page-turner. The story, again featuring sub-inspector Max Romero is very well plotted and thrilling from the beginning to the end. The reader accompanies Max on a roller-coaster of emotions, through success and loss. Embedded in the town and culture of Granada, but rolling on the curve of contemporary history, the story focuses on a campaign to protect the lovely valley below the Alhambra from property speculators. But it goes horribly wrong when the chair of Granada Verde is arrested for murder. The case will be solved - like in the first novel - not in black and white - too many forces are present, and too much stays hidden. A great book, but really not for those who need a simple, happy ending. It's too much like real life!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Max Romero's second success 17. September 2010
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For a second time, I was delighted to share the prospect of a new adventure with Max Romero ! It is a topical plot, with mafia builders, Catholic sects, drugs, corruption, gypsy discrimination. Not politically correct, but unfortunately so real...
The authors successfully communicate their fondness of Granada and the Andalusian environment.
The characters and family ties acquire depth: Max's lovely relationship with his grand-mother, plus the drama of her republican husband (killed by the fascists), is still present in the background of the second book. We also discover other parts of this region.
I am already looking forward to devouring the third book! It is, once again, an easy read for a non native English speaker.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Political And Religious Corruption Lead To Murder And A Darker Night In The Spanish Paradise Of Granada 1. November 2010
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Paco Maya, a peasant gypsy convicted of knifing to death his wife Lucía during a drunken brawl, has just been released from prison. Several parties, including violent in-laws and greedy land developers, want the property on which his cave house is located. Soon after his release, Paco is found dead, victim of an apparent heart attack. Because he is a poor gypsy, the Granada police aren't concerned; however, Sub-Inspector Max Romero suspects foul play. He also believes that Paco's murder is linked with the Easter Processions, the Anti-Globalization demonstrations, and the laundering of drug money. Corpses begin stacking up as Max gets closer to uncovering the identity of the one responsible for purchasing historical properties.

"A Darker Night" is P. J. Brooke's second Spanish crime noir in the Sub-Inspector Max Romero series. It is an extremely complex mystery with numerous sub-plots and characters. The reader is more likely to get overwhelmed, rather than bored, with "A Darker Night." Very similar to "Blood Wedding," this one also involves prejudice, especially in the police force, which is eager to dismiss Paco's death as natural. Once again, Max uncovers corruption in the police department as well as the Catholic Church. However, don't fear, there is no Catholic bashing. Max remains good friends with wise Father Jorge who helps him in his investigation. He continues to aid his grandmother Paula in uncovering the mass grave in which her brother Antonio is buried. Max is still getting his idiot cousin Juan out of trouble with the law.

The beautiful women are still pursuing the handsome Max who is half Scottish and half Spanish. His relationship with Anita Guevarra of "Blood Wedding" has cooled down; he soon finds himself friends with the American writer Belinda, a neighbor Dolores, a secretary Gloria and an environmentalist Margarita who is attending the Anti-Globalization conference. He develops a romantic relationship with Margarita who is the daughter of wealthy Faustino Azul. Both the lives of Max and Margarita are put in jeopardy. Max finds himself working for the evil Inspector Navarro from "Blood Wedding" who may be involved in more police corruption. Max's boss, the hardnosed Inspector Jefe Davila, continues to criticize his work. Fortunately, Max is partnered with the competent Roberto Belén who watches his back.

Granada during Easter is an exotic locale for "A Darker Night." With its medieval castles and cathedrals surrounded by luscious fruit orchards and vineyards and snowcapped mountains, it seems like a virtual paradise. At night, numerous candle-lit Catholic Easter Processions are being held in downtown Granada. Throngs of penitents walk barefoot down the ancient streets carrying statues of the Virgin Mary and the crucified Jesus. At the same time, people from all around the world are attending the Anti-Globalization conference, which is against the purchasing of historical lands by greedy developers. Protestors fill the streets and storm a cathedral. There is mass confusion and chaos when police are called and demonstrators are hosed with water and beaten with clubs.

Corruption. Corruption. Corruption. At one point, Sub-Inspector Max Romero is literally drowning in it. He doesn't always know who to trust in a mystery that continuously grows more complicated. He is forced to take notes and list all the clues. I also had to take notes. Strangely enough, I think my Spanish is improving. (After reading "A Darker Night," I'm ready to jump on a plane and visit the extremely gorgeous, extremely historical city of Granada.) If you like exotic mysteries that are intellectually challenging, then "A Darker Night" is just for you. This is a violent Spanish crime noir with drug smuggling, suicide, kidnapping, corrupt officials, spying, sniper shooting and lots more. If you enjoyed "Blood Wedding," then you will definitely want to read "A Darker Night." I pray that P. J. Brooke (husband and wife writing team Philip J. O'Brien and Jane Brooke) will continue this thrilling mystery series.

Joseph B. Hoyos
5.0 von 5 Sternen Corruption and Speculation 28. März 2011
Von New to Granada - Veröffentlicht auf
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Having read the first book by P.J. Brooke, I acquired the next installment, A Darker Night, and was not disappointed by hero Max. He continues to be a charming, laid-back Spanish cop with an enlightened social conscience and an eye for the girls. Again, the references to Spanish idiosyncrasies such as incessant smoking, a penchant for turning up late to meetings, endless cups of coffee, football fanaticism had me giggling whereas wine labels and names of bars around central Granada prompted scribbles in a notebook. The plot of the second book is better developed than in the first. And the grounding of events and investigations in Granada's recent history again prompts reflections on this curious and conservative city. Well done, P.J. Keep it up!
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