A dramatic and pacy thriller, set against the sun-bleached backdrop of Mallorca, Europe's most popular holiday island, where Inspector Mercedes Ibanez is suddenly confronted by a series of vicious killings.
Forced into a tetchy working relationship with veteran British policeman, Harry Hudson, Ibanez - a haughty autocrat, nicknamed La Condesa (The Countess) by colleagues - finds she's facing a bafflingly complex mosaic of crime, with Spain's secret service and the CIA watching her every move.
But why? And what's their motive in thwarting the police when they know Omar and his band of jihadi terrorists are planning a 'bombing spectacular' intended to shake the world?
Hugh Ash is a former senior editor on several top UK daily papers, whose work has taken him to Canada, the USA, the Caribbean and throughout Europe. He now spend his days as a freelance journalist, covering Spain's enchanting Balearic Islands for the international English-language media ("It's a tough assignment, but someone's got to do it," he says with a wry grin). So, hence The Mallorca Assignment - Hugh's first thriller, which explores the mindset of international terrorists and the various agencies of law and often disorder, employed to hunt them down. Set against the brilliant backdrop of his island in the sun, with its unique heritage, chequered past and fascinating culture, the story is designed to give readers a glimpse into Mallorca's rich tapestry of history and stunning geography, as well as tantalising them with a gripping tale of bloody intrigue and double-dealing.