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Jon Stock is currently Weekend editor of the Telegraph. He is the author of two novels, 'The Riot Act' and the 'Cardamom Club', and is also a columnist with The Week magazine in India. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three young children.
After reading English at Cambridge University, he worked as a freelance journalist in London, writing features for most of Britain's national newspapers, as well as contributing regularly to BBC Radio 4. He was also chosen for Carlton TV's acclaimed scriptwriters course. Between 1998 and 2000, he was Delhi correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. On his return to Britain, he worked on various Saturday sections of the paper before taking up a staff job as editor of Weekend in 2005. He has been writing the Last Word column in The Week since he lived in Cochin, South India in 1995.
'The Riot Act', published by Serpent's Tail, was launched on the 50th floor of Canary Wharf tower. The book was shortlisted by the Crime Writers' Association for its best first novel award and was subsequently published by Gallimard in France as part of its acclaimed Serie Noir. The 'Cardamom Club' was published by Blackamber (now Arcadia Books) in Britain and by Penguin in India. Both were spy novels.
The special relationship between London and Washington is in tatters. Salim Dhar, the world's most wanted terrorist, has disappeared after an audacious attack on an American target in the UK. The CIA believes Daniel Marchant, renegade MI6 officer, was involved. But Marchant has a bigger secret: Dhar has agreed to work for MI6, promising to protect the UK from future terrorist atrocities. He has also asked for something in return: Marchant must help him with a final strike against America. Should Britain sign up to this Faustian pact or hunt them both down? Intelligence chiefs are divided - and one of them is working for Moscow.
January 2010 Book of the Month. Daniel, the son of a disgraced MI5 chief and himself an MI5 operative, is about to fall foul of the same fate that befell his father. On the run and not knowing who to trust, we are delivered one cracking good read. A cut-above the norm with unexpected twists and turns, emotional and family complications and a vulnerable and highly endearing hero, this is first-rate. Comparison: Lee Child, Tom Cain, Brett Battles.
This is billed as the first in a trilogy but Daniel Marchant is such a charismatic character surely there will be more to come after that? The book opens with Daniel, a suspended MI6 officer, and his girlfriend running the London Marathon only to stumble across a suicide bomber whose target is the American Ambassador. The coincidence may sound a bit cheesy but this action packed thriller is far from being cheesy. It’s witty, clever and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended. A piece of publisher passion...'Even before it is published, Dead Spy Running is building up a healthy head of steam, with rights being sold after frenzied bidding wars in many European countries. Possibly even more excitingly, movie rights have been sold to Warner Bros, with McG slated to direct.Why all the fuss? Because Dead Spy Running is a brilliant, edge-of-the seat, action thriller which keeps the reader riveted - and guessing - to the very last page. It's the first book in what is presently seen as a trilogy, although if Daniel Marchant, the book's hero, becomes as popular as James Bond and Jason Bourne, who knows?I am immensely proud to be publishing Dead Spy Running''Best Wishes,Patrick Janson-SmithPublisherBlue Door
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