The Long Siesta

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Published 5th September 2015; Grey Cells Press

Paperback  £8.99



An elderly priest is found horrifically murdered, and Inspector Velazquez assumes at first a junkie is responsible. But when a second man of the cloth shows up in the Guadalquivir River and a Russian gangster is murdered, the Inspector realizes he has a puzzle of major proportions on his hands. Are the three murders politically motivated? And are they linked? And if so, how? His boss, Comisario Alonso, is breathing down his neck and wanting answers, fast. Then danger begins to creep a little too close to home… In a bullfight, the bull sometimes wins.

The question is, who is the bull–Velazquez, or the murderer?



Nick Sweet has been previously published by US publishers Moonshine Cove and Club Lighthouse; his short stories have appeared in small magazines and anthologies, including the Evergreen Review and Descant. His reviews and articles have appeared in such places as the London Magazine and the Contemporary Review.




“One might have thought that Spanish-set crime was territory sewed up by the likes of Robert Wilson, but Nick Sweet proves to have the measure of the genre with The Long Siesta. This concise novel is set 1998 Seville. An elderly priest has been gruesomely killed, and Nick Sweet’s protagonist Inspector Velasquez quickly finds himself with a slew of trouble involving Russian gangsters and further ecclesiastical murders. Velasquez proves to be an intriguing and idiosyncratic protagonist, and Sweet evokes his sultry locale with maximum vividness.”   Barry Forshaw (author ofThe Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, Brit Noir, etc.)



“Seville’s priests are being murdered for their past sins, and the only man who can get to the truth is a cop with a secret heroin addiction and a girlfriend who dreams of being a Toreador. Nick Sweet’s The Long Siesta is a full-blooded neo-noir, as gritty as any 1970s Hollywood thriller, and as colourful as the latest Mexican telenovela.”    Nicholas Blincoe (author of Acid CasualsJello SaladManchester SlingbackThe Dope PriestWhite MiceBurning Paris, etc.)


‘Sweet handles his twisting plot with all the panache of the Matador!’ Caro Ramsay (author of Absolution, Singing to the Dead, The Tears of Angels, etc)


“Not for the faint-hearted, “The Long Siesta” is an enthralling glimpse into an unfamiliar world. Confident and sharp, Inspector Velazquez is a complex man who knows what makes his beat in Seville tick.”    Nick Quantrill (author of Broken Dreams, The Crooked Beat, etc.)


“The Long Siesta is a pacy read that doesn’t wear out its welcome. It has a troubled hero, an under-used backdrop and a storyline that mixes the horrors of the past and the novel’s present to bring us a new series to keep an eye out for.If the second was coming out tomorrow I’d say Hasta Manana.”   Douglas Skelton (author of Crow Bait, Blood City, Devil’s Knock, etc.)


“The Long Siesta – great title – is a highly readable Spanish-set crime novel, featuring an inspector jefe with an unusual problem and a sympathetic team of homicide detectives. Recommended.” Paul Johnston (author of the Alex Mavros and Matt Wells novels, etc)


“Nick Sweet’s Inspector Velasquez is one of the most original and intriguing creations in crime fiction; a top Spanish cop with a very dark secret. ‘The Long Siesta’ offers an authentic slice of nineties Seville with murder as its backdrop. You can almost taste the albondigas and Fino!” Howard Linskey (author of the David Blake trilogy, etc)


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