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A fire rages through a sleepy West London square, engulfing a small convent hidden away among the residential houses. When DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller arrive at the scene they discover eleven bodies, yet there were only supposed to be ten nuns in residence.
It’s eleven days before Christmas, and despite their superiors wanting the case solved before the holidays, Carrigan and Miller start to suspect that the nuns were not who they were made out to be. Why did they make no move to escape the fire? Who is the eleventh victim, whose body was found separate to the others? And where is the convent’s priest, the one man who can answer their questions?
Fighting both internal politics and the church hierarchy, Carrigan and Miller unravel the threads of a case which reaches back to the early 1970s, and the upsurge of radical Liberation Theology in South America – with echoes of the Shining Path, and contemporary battles over oil, land and welfare. Meanwhile, closer to home, there’s a new threat in the air, one the police are entirely unprepared for…
Spanning four decades and two continents, Eleven Days finds Carrigan and Miller up against time as they face a new kind of criminal future.
Brimming with suspense this thriller will keep you up reading into the early hours.
Sherez is emerging as a very interesting crime novelist indeed, pursuing dark themes with impressive authority. In this powerful novel, he writes with particular passion about London, which is almost a character in its own right, and gives an unsettling insight into the bureaucratic machinations of the Roman Catholic church.
Eleven Days has only cemented my opinion that Stav Sherez belongs in the top league of British crime writers. This is a clever, compelling book, dark without being gratuitous and Sherez's evocative portrayal of London is second to none.
Addictive. He invests the proceedings with a fast paced readability.
Sherez scores high marks for his writing and characterisation. Carrigan and Miller are shaping up to be an attractive duo.
A compelling read that will keep the pulse racing to the very last page... with a plot that rattles along at pace, and with as many twists and turns as The Thames, any fan of the crime genre will be more than satisfied.
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