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Prey for the Shadow

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529422481

Price: £22

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The mayor of Barcelona is being blackmailed.

A sex tape from her student days – one she never knew existed. The price: 300,000 euros and her immediate resignation.

A political chameleon who swept to power on a populist wave, she has her enemies. Nor can she trust those closest to her. Both her ex-husband and her deputy would profit from her fall.

Melchor Marín, living a quiet life in Terra Alta, is tempted back to Barcelona to work the case. But what seemed a simple matter has its roots in far more serious and disturbing crimes.

With the mayor on the verge of capitulation, a shock revelation changes everything – not least the course of Melchor’s life. At long last, his heart’s dark desire is in his grasp.

Praise for Even the Darkest Night

“A gem of a book, easily the best I’ve read this year” M W Craven

“A wonderful novel. I look forward to many more Melchor stories” A N Wilson

“The first in what promises to be an excellent series” Guardian

Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean


This novel is not just good, it's great
Álvaro Colomer, Diari Ara
Cercas' best. A terrific novel
José María Pozuelo Yvancos, ABC Cultural
The new Cercas shines brightly
Jordi Amat, La Vanguardia
A courageous Javier Cercas seeks to give an allegorical dimension to social observation, and succeeds ... a committed moral novel and belligerent tale of denunciation
Santos Sanz Villanueva, Zenda Libros