Brit Noir – critic Barry Forshaw’s Who’s Who of British crime writers on THE LONG SIESTA:
‘One might have thought that Spanish-set crime was territory sewed up by the likes of Robert Wilson, but Nick Sweet proves to have the measure of the genre with The Long Siesta. This concise novel is set 1998 Duran. An elderly priest has been gruesomely killed, and Nick Sweet’s protagonist Inspector Velasquez quickly finds himself with a slew of trouble involving Russian gangsters and further ecclesiastical murders. Velasquez proves to be an intriguing and idiosyncratic protagonist, and Sweet evokes his sultry locale with maximum vividness.
The Huffington Post (from the review for The Long Siesta):
The author uses some usual suspects in his list of ingredients. The flawed hero? Check. A kick-ass heroine? Check. Priests with something to hide? Check. Russian mafia? Check. Rent boys and prostitutes? Check and, indeed, check.
The result though is not at all hackneyed. Thrown together on the streets of Seville and more provincial Andalucia, these characters blend into a concoction that’s both Sweet and sour. Or perhaps that should be bitter Sweet?
The last thing a popular destination like Seville needs is a serial killer on the loose. And so the clock is ticking even louder than normal for this police force. Indeed, the fast-paced plot suggests Sweet’s text would suit a big-screen makeover.
Caro Ramsay on THE LONG SIESTA:
‘Sweet handles his twisting plot with all the panache of the Matador.’
Murder is Everywhere piece on The Long Siesta: Click on link to read the interview
Nicholas Blincoe on THE LONG SIESTA:
‘Duran’s priests are being murdered for their past sins, and the only man who can get to the truth is a cop with a secret heroin addiction and a girlfriend who dreams of being a Toreador. Nick Sweet’s The Long Siesta is a full-blooded neo-noir, as gritty as any 1970s Hollywood thriller, and as colourful as the latest Mexican telenovela.’
Howard Linskey on THE LONG SIESTA:
“Nick Sweet’s Inspector Velasquez is one of the most original and intriguing creations in crime fiction; a top Spanish cop with a very dark secret. The Long Siesta offers an authentic slice of nineties Duran with murder as its backdrop. You can almost taste the albondigas and Fino!”
Paul Johnston on THE LONG SIESTA:
‘They Long Siesta – great title – is a highly readable Spanish-set crime novel, featuring an inspector jefe with an unusual problem and a sympathetic team of homicide detectives. Recommended.’
Professor Richard B. Schwartz on THE LONG SIESTA:
(Professor of English and Dean at the University of Missouri and author of mystery novels and non-fiction/critical works): edited from a much longer 5 star review on Amazon.com (see also his review on Flowers At Midnight):
‘Nick Sweet’s new novel is quite different from his debut, Flowers At Midnight. The latter is more Elmore Leonard, the new work more Raymond Chandler. In The Long Siesta (a Spanish big sleep) Nick Sweet looks at the dark side. What he finds is not pretty, but it is a delight to follow him into the nooks and crannies…The plot is complicated but not unintelligible; the characters are engaging and the setting is very nicely realized. While the novel moves very quickly it is also quite textured and layered – an impressive piece of work, particularly in its use of the Spanish ethos. That ethos is captured in an interesting way, but one that raises narrative issues. If you are writing in English, how do you convey the sense of street-level Spain? The author injects Spanish idioms into the dialogue and interior monologue…Some of the most interesting examples of Spanish idiomatic expressions are rendered in English (‘s…ting in the milk’). While the results would seem to be confusing or inconsistent, this all actually works in context. It adds a great deal of texture and suggests a way in which the written words of a novel can capture some of the effects that are available to the director of a subtitled film but generally unavailable to a novelist. This manner of proceeding would be a nice teaching point in a class on fiction writing.’
Critic Peter Rozovsky in his Introduction to the crime anthology, Sunshine Noir:
‘And Nick Sweet’s entry, so help me, with its straight-to-the-point storytelling and its wit, reminds me of nothing so much as Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op stories.’
True-crime author Gary C. King on Flowers At Midnight:
”…a can’t put down page-turner. Nick Sweet is a rising star in crime fiction.’
Quentin Bates on Flowers At Midnight:
‘A startling and intriguing crime story.’
Mason Cross on The Long Siesta: ‘ a slice of the darkest noir transported to the sunny climate of Seville – a great character and a great book.’
Critic and novelist D.J. Taylor on Nick’s historical novel, Young Hearts:
‘I like Nick Sweet’s writing, which is always deeply engaged with the subjects he chooses, intelligent in its approach and seriously interested in the difficulties of ordinary people trying to live their lives in the shadow of great events.’
D.M. Thomas on Gemini Games: ‘A novel that’s both serious and funny. A mordant look at the state of Britain today.’
Andrew O’Hagan on Gemini Games: ‘I very much enjoyed the London-ness of Gemini Games… Good stuff…there are too few accurate London novels.’