SEPTEMBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Dead’ by Mark Oldfield

MADRID, 1982. Comandante Leopoldo Guzmán has decided it is time to disappear. Franco is in his grave and there’s no place in the new order for the one-time head of the dead dictator’s secret police. But first Guzmán needs money. Luckily, blackmail has always come easily to him – after all, he knows where the bodies are. And so he should. He buried them. MADRID, … Continue reading SEPTEMBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Dead’ by Mark Oldfield

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: January – ‘The Exile’ by Mark Oldfield

1954: Comandante Guzmán is out of favour and in exile. Franco’s one-time favourite secret policeman has been posted to the Basque country, a desolate backwater – in his eyes – of simmering nationalism, unlikely alliances and ancient vendettas. Guzmán was last here during the war, at the head of a platoon of bloodthirsty Moorish irregulars. Personally, he’d rather forget all that – but up in … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: January – ‘The Exile’ by Mark Oldfield