NetGalley Devours: Eleven Days by Stav Sherez

Hot on the heels of London Book Fair last month, UK Community Manager Stuart Evers reviews a title available only for UK requests! Do you love Stav Sherez, too? Share your feedback via the Feedback section in NetGalley, or on Facebook and Twitter! (#NGdevours)

Eleven Days by Stav Sherez
Faber and Faber LTD; Pub Date: May 2, 2013
Eleven Days


Take four decades of secrets and deceptions, a house full of murdered nuns, and some nasty internal politics, mix in South American radical Liberation Theology and two complex cops – and chill to the bone.


A fire rages through a sleepy West London square, engulfing a small convent hidden away among the residential houses. When DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller arrive at the scene they discover eleven bodies, yet there were only supposed to be ten nuns in residence.
It’s eleven days before Christmas, and despite their superiors wanting the case solved before the holidays, Carrigan and Miller start to suspect that the nuns were not who they were made out to be. Why did they make no move to escape the fire? Who is the eleventh victim, whose body was found separate to the others? And where is the convent’s priest, the one man who can answer their questions?

Fighting both internal politics and the church hierarchy, Carrigan and Miller unravel the threads of a case which reaches back to the early 1970s, and the upsurge of radical Liberation Theology in South America – with echoes of the Shining Path, and contemporary battles over oil, land and welfare. Meanwhile, closer to home, there’s a new threat in the air, one the police are entirely unprepared for… [From the Publisher]


I read a lot of crime, and as with many readers who do so, you have your very favourites: the writers who you need to read on the day of release, the ones where you finish the book and immediately start yearning for the next one. Stav Sherez is one of those writers. He does things with the crime novel that few other writers would dare to do, or even would be able to do. And Eleven Days is up there with his very best work.

What you get with Sherez’s work is a sense of malice and menace, a feeling that corruption is everywhere to be found. And this is mirrored by prose that is tight, electric, and unashamedly intelligent. This is crime writing to savour, to make you think as well as keep turning the pages. I envy you as you begin to read Eleven Days: not only will you get to read this, but you’ll also have his three other novels still to read….

– Review written by Stuart Evers, UK Community Manager


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