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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Statistics of crime

It would be a crime to miss Spanish Eye, released by Crooked Cat Publishing, which is available as a paperback for £4.99 or $6.99 and much less for the e-book versions – UK or COM.

What are the statistics?

175 pages

22 cases ‘in Leon Cazador’s own words’

6 five-star reviews

1 four-star review

4 countries – source of reviews

1 extra Leon Cazador story, ‘Processionary Penitents’ available for free when you download the e-book Crooked Cats’ Tales (20 tales from Crooked Cat authors) here or here/COM

2 hand-guns of choice - Colt Officer’s ACP LW automatic and the Astra A-100.

1940 – a night of terror in ‘Grave Concerns’

1307 – when the Templars’ horde was hidden… - in ‘Relic Hunters’

1 pea in ‘Fair Cop’ where Nobody beats the shell man

1989 – the repercussions of Tiananmen Square in Beijing in ‘Dragon Lady’

1988 – a favour to a Japanese Yakusa that implodes in the present – ‘Duty Bound’

1 pigeon – chased by about seventy – ‘Pigeon-Hearted’

1 inn – where old enmities may be interred – ‘Inn Time’

1 missing person in a city of over 100,000 in ‘Gone Missing’.

Here are sample reviews found on Amazon COM and Amazon UK for Spanish Eye.  
[The italics are mine].

E. B. Sullivan (California)
Spanish Eye is a fabulous read. In his crisp depiction of Leon Cazador, Nik Morton paints a portrait of everyone's hero. This cross-cultural character is dashing, daring, and delightful. He does whatever it takes to make good triumph over evil. While reading these twenty-one exciting stories I experienced myriad emotions. I laughed, cried, and became incensed. I cheered and clapped, but most of all I felt a confirmation of universal values.

D. Thorne (Bartlett, TN United States)
… His voice is so unique, and his stories are as thought provoking as they are entertaining. There are beautiful moments in the prose that never get purple or fluffy. He masters the art of taking an adventure and condensing it into short shots. If you enjoy short stories, you'll love this collection featuring the same character and exotic settings. I am a total Morton fan now and waiting anxiously for his next release!

Kay Lesley Reeves (Spain)
As an ex-pat living on the Costa Blanca, I found much that was familiar combined with an insight into a very different and darker side of Spanish life. The colourful characters and intriguing twists made these stories a really enjoyable read and one I would really recommend.

Laura Graham, actress, author (Sinalunga, Italy)
Spanish Eye is a collection of short stories set in the heat and the dust of Spain. Our courageous private eye, Leon Cazador, half-English, half-Spanish, and sometimes disguised as Carlos Ortiz Santos, guides us through the action. These stories are humorous, insightful and sometimes tragic. Leon Cazador is not afraid to bring the bad men to justice, and so help to restore the balance in this world. Beautifully written, with a simple and uncluttered style, which draws you in to the heart of the story. Highly recommended!

George R. Johnson (Eden, NC, USA)
This book comprise some of the cases of Leon Cazador, a half-Spanish, half-English private eye working in Spain. The tales run the gamut of the usual crime stories (con men, kidnappings, car theft ring, crooked politicians) and the odd stuff (smuggling, both exotic animals and illegal aliens, terrorists). All fun stories, a bit of humour here and there, others deadly serious. One story had me grinning at the beginning, but sobering quickly as the end approached. Worth a look if you like private eyes. Or if you don't. Leon Cazador is not your typical P.I.
Jane Bwye, UK
Stories to keep you wanting more ... and more. Tales of reminiscence by a sleuth in sunny Spain which ensure you keep your eyes open until you've reached the end of one in time to let your head fall on the pillow - until morning. Thank you, Nik, for making my nights unbroken and worth waiting for.

SPANISH EYE by Nik Morton
Through the eyes of Leon Cazador, half-English, half-Spanish private investigator, we experience the human condition in many guises.

This collection covers twenty two cases, some insightful, some humorous, and some tragic. The tales evoke tears and laughter, pleasure at the downfall of criminals, and anger at arrogant evil-doers.

Sometimes, Cazador operates in disguise under several aliases, among them Carlos Ortiz Santos, a modern day Simon Templar; he is wholly against the ungodly and tries to hold back the encroaching night of unreason. Cazador translated into English means hunter. In his adventurous life he has witnessed many travesties of justice; he is a man driven to hunt down felons of all kinds, to redress the balance of good against evil.

Leon Cazador fights injustice in all its forms and often metes out his own rough justice. It’s what he does.

A Leon Cazador novel is planned…
Coming on 20 May - Sudden Vengeance
'Vigilante justice is good justice!'

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