The highly anticipated sequel to Juan Gómez-Jurado's number 1 international bestseller, Red Queen, featuring Antonia Scott, the most compelling and original detective since Lisbeth Salander. Translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia.
Antonia Scott is the lynchpin of the Red Queen project, created to work behind the scenes to solve the most dark, devious and dangerous crimes.
In southern Spain, in the Costa del Sol, a key mafia figure is found brutally murdered in his villa, his pregnant wife, Lola Moreno, barely escapes an attempt to kill her and is on the run. An unusual shipping container arrives from St Petersburg in Spain with the corpses of nine women.
Now Antonia, with the help of her protector, Jon Gutierrez, must track down the missing Lola. But they aren’t the only ones – a dangerous hitman, known as the Black Wolf, is also on her trail. And Antonia Scott, still plagued by her personal demons, must outwit, out-manoeuvre, and, ultimately, face this terrible, mysterious killer.
Praise for Red Queen:
'Best thriller books of 2023 . . . What impresses is the brainy brio of Gómez-Jurado's storytelling' - Sunday Times on Red Queen
'An electrifying serial-killer thriller . . . tops even The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a thinking reader’s thriller, and Antonia Scott is like a more sympathetic Lisbeth Salander' A.J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
What impresses is the brainy brio of Gómez-Jurado's storytelling, as well as his striking depiction of Madrid as two cities, an elegant baroque facade concealing a gothic underworld
The Sunday Times
Red Queen is one of the most extravagantly entertaining novels I’ve ever read. Sprinting from spectacular surprise to even-more-spectacular surprise; whirling from one crisply textured character to the next . . . it's an electrifying serial-killer thriller, a fiendishly clever puzzle mystery, and a sensitive portrait of a fascinating young woman. Red Queen tops even The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a thinking reader’s thriller, and Antonia Scott is like a more sympathetic Lisbeth Salander. I loved every word
A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
A Spanish spin on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . . . stylish and stylized . . . A female Sherlock Holmes