Michael Robotham - Author

About the Author

Before writing full-time Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. He is the pseudonymous author of 10 best-selling non-fiction titles, involving prominent figures in the military, the arts, sport and science. He lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 daughters.

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Featured books by Michael Robotham

When She Was Good

When She Was Good

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

This Liz Pick of the Month, is a thrilling yet thoughtful, highly charged read. Criminal psychologist Cyrus delves into the past of Evie, who was found hiding in a secret room after a murder six years ago. It’s the last thing Evie wants, as if Cyrus discovers the truth, death will soon start to hunt her down. This book follows on from Good Girl, Bad Girl (a particular favourite of mine), and boy is it shaping up to be an absolute belter of a series. If you haven’t yet read the first, you most definitely need to before starting here, as the development of the relationship between Cyrus and Evie is crucial. They both tell us their own stories in alternating short punchy chapters. This is a read where I was head down and totally absorbed. Evie as per the previous book, drew me in and I was desperate (like Cyrus) to find out what had happened to her. Michael Robotham deals with the crimes that are uncovered with consideration and compassion, yet we are left in no doubt as to their nature. I was on high alert throughout and the ending struck with an unexpected blow. When She Was Good comes out swinging after the fabulous first book in the series, and I can highly recommend it (just make sure you read Good Girl, Bad Girl first).

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Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Hugely entertaining, tick. Multifaceted, tick. Intelligent, tick. Start of a new series, tick, tick, tick. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven investigates the death of a young champion ice-skater, while also assessing Evie. Evie is in secure care after experiencing severe trauma and she has the gift (or curse) of being able to tell when someone is lying. Chapter one hooked me, a few more chapters in and another snare caught me, raising questions, leaving me wanting more. Short, intense chapters are written either from Evie’s viewpoint or that of Cyrus. Both characters intrigued me, leaving my thoughts knocking at the door to understanding. Two stories with Cyrus acting as the link gradually twist together to create one fascinating tale. I gobbled up this book, there were surprises waiting in unexpected places, and moments of calm when I was wary. Good Girl, Bad Girl is a wow of a start to a new series that promises much indeed. Not only a book of the month, I’ve also chosen it to sit as a LoveReading star book too. Books in The Cyrus Haven Series: 1. Good Girl, Bad Girl 2. When She Was Good Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

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Life or Death

Life or Death

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life ...and not just his own.

eBooks of the Month
Watching You

Watching You

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for Marnie's birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting ...

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Bleed for Me

Bleed for Me

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna's house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his. The 14-year-old can't remember what happened that night but, at the same time, Sienna doesn't mourn her father's death. What was going on behind closed doors in the Hegarty household? Is Sienna guilty of brutal murder? And what part has her charismatic teacher Gordon Ellis played in this blood-soaked event?

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Say You're Sorry

Say You're Sorry

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago. When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.

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The Wreckage

The Wreckage

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

In London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that he's been set up and robbed. As he tracks down the thieves, he discovers the boyfriend's tortured body and learns that powerful men are looking for the girl. What did Holly Knight steal that is so important to them? Meanwhile in Baghdad, the bank robbery capital of the world, billions of dollars in reconstruction funds has gone missing and Pulitzer prize-winning Journalist Luca Terracini is trying to 'follow the money'. The dangerous trail will lead him to London where he teams up with Vincent Ruiz and together they investigate the disappearance of an international banker and a mysterious 'black hole' in the bank's accounts.

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The Suspect

The Suspect

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2010

October 2013 Guest Editor Linwood Barclay on The Suspect by Michael Robotham... Thrillers need to grab you right from the start, and this book may have the best first chapter of any thriller I've ever read, and not because it's full of derring-do or explosions or terrorists trying to bring about the end of the word, This novel introduces psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, and we meet him on the top of a building, trying to persuade a young cancer patient not to jump off the edge. The writing is understated, the dialogue rings true, the suspense is palpable. What's always struck me about Robotham is that he makes your heart race, and ache, at the same time.

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Lost

Lost

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2005

A really satisfying read, real characters, complex but believable plot and as a Londoner I loved the local refrences. Highly recommended.

Other books by Michael Robotham

When You Are Mine

When You Are Mine

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2022

The massive number-one bestseller from the author of heart-stopping psychological thrillers When She Was Good, The Secrets She Keeps and The Other Wife Philomena McCarthy has defied the odds and become a promising young officer with the Metropolitan Police despite being the daughter of a notorious London gangster. Called to the scene of a domestic assault one day, she rescues a bloodied young woman, Tempe Brown, the mistress of a decorated detective. The incident is hushed up, but Phil has unwittingly made a dangerous enemy with powerful friends. Determined to protect each other, the two women strike up a tentative friendship. Tempe is thoughtful and sweet and makes herself indispensable to Phil, but sinister things keep happening and something isn't quite right about the stories Tempe tells. When a journalist with links to Phil's father and to the detective is found floating in the Thames, Phil doesn't know where to turn, who to blame or who she can trust. This exhilarating thriller from the bestselling author - whose books have sold more than 6 million copies - is Michael Robotham's finest page-turner yet. 'Robotham has done it again' Sydney Morning Herald 'There's a relatable darkness to Aussie author Michael Robotham's thrillers that pulls you in - every time' The Australian Women's Weekly 'a twisty-turny, second-guessing great read with a killer ending' Herald Sun 'Robotham delivers again with a pacy tale that ratchets up the tension and refuses to be put down' Courier Mail 'Superior writing, clever plotting and credible characters' Canberra Weekly 'a well-crafted thriller that pulls you so deeply into its pages that you'll want to finish it all in one sitting' Mama Mia

Lying Beside You

Lying Beside You

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2022

TWO MISSING WOMEN. ONE WITNESS. DO YOU KNOW WHO'S LYING BESIDE YOU? The brand-new thriller by the number-one bestselling and award-winning master of crime When a man is murdered and his daughter disappears, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must decide if Maya Kirk is running, hiding, or a hostage. Cyrus understands how killers think better than anyone; after all, he's a survivor. Evie is a troubled teenager with an incredible gift: she knows when someone is lying. She is working at a Nottingham bar when a second woman goes missing, a nurse with links to Maya Kirk. Both women have a secret they have tried to hide, but the past is never history. Evie witnesses the second abduction, glimpsing the driver, but only two people believe her. One is Cyrus. The other is the killer. 'One of crime's smartest practitioners' The Australian Women's Weekly 'Robotham renders the ordinary extraordinary' Sydney Morning Herald 'Superior writing, clever plotting and credible characters' Canberra Weekly

Lying Beside You

Lying Beside You

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2022

The thrilling next instalment in the award-winning Cyrus Haven series sees Cyrus reckoning with his own dark and shocking past . . . When a man is murdered and his daughter disappears, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must decide if Maya Kirk is running, hiding, or a hostage. Cyrus understands how killers think better than anyone; after all, he's a survivor. Evie is a troubled teenager with an incredible gift: she knows when someone is lying. She is working at a Nottingham bar when a second woman goes missing, a nurse with links to Maya Kirk. Both women have a secret they have tried to hide, but the past is never history. Evie witnesses the second abduction, glimpsing the driver, but only two people believe her. One is Cyrus. The other is the killer.

When You Are Mine

When You Are Mine

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2021

From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Richard & Judy Summer 2021 Pick When She Was Good, comes a gripping new standalone thriller Philomena McCarthy has defied the odds and become a promising young officer with the Metropolitan Police despite being the daughter of a notorious London gangster. Called to the scene of a domestic assault, she rescues a young woman, Tempe Brown, the girlfriend of a decorated detective. The incident is hushed up, but Phil has unwittingly made a dangerous enemy with powerful friends. Determined to protect each other, the two women strike up a tentative friendship. Tempe is thoughtful and sweet and makes herself indispensable to Phil, but sinister things keep happening and something isn't quite right about the stories Tempe tells. When a journalist with links to Phil's father and to the detective is found floating in the Thames, Phil doesn't know where to turn, who to blame or who she can trust. __________ PRAISE FOR MICHAEL ROBOTHAM'S THRILLERS: 'An absolute master' Stephen King 'Superbly exciting' Guardian 'He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul' Peter James 'Heart-stopping, heart-breaking and heart-wrenching' Val McDermid 'Robotham is the real deal' David Baldacci 'He invests suspense with such a strong emotional pull. No one else comes close' Linwood Barclay 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' The Times

Southern Cross Crime

Southern Cross Crime

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Australian and New Zealand crime and thriller writing is booming globally, with antipodean authors regularly featuring on awards and bestseller lists across Europe and North America, and overseas readers and publishers looking more and more to tales from lands Down Under. Hailing from two sparsely populated nations on the far edge of the former Empire - neighbours that are siblings in spirit, vastly different in landscape - Australian and New Zealand crime writers offer readers a blend of exotic and familiar, seasoned by distinctive senses of place, outlook, and humour, and roots that trace to the earliest days of our genre. Southern Cross Crime is the first comprehensive guide to modern Australian and New Zealand crime writing. From coastal cities to the Outback, leading critic Craig Sisterson showcases key titles from more than 200 storytellers, plus screen dramas ranging from Mystery Road to Top of the Lake. Fascinating insights are added through in-depth interviews with some of the prime suspects who paved the way or instigated the global boom, including Jane Harper, Michael Robotham, Paul Cleave, Emma Viskic, Paul Thomas, and Candice Fox.

When She Was Good

When She Was Good

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2020

THE GRIPPING SUMMER 2021 RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK A secret room. A silent girl. A shocking truth. Evie Cormac was found at a murder scene six years ago, hiding in a secret room. She has never revealed her real name, why she was in that house, or what she saw. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven wants to help the traumatised teenager. He thinks unravelling Evie's secrets will free her from the past. But he has no idea what he's about to unleash . . . __________ WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION STEEL DAGGER FOR BEST THRILLER OF 2021 'What makes Michael stand out is how he invests suspense with such a strong emotional pull. No one else comes close' Linwood Barclay 'Never lets up on the suspense . . . Definitely Robotham's best to date' Globe and Mail 'Clever, intriguing and compelling, I loved this book' Rachel Abbott 'So good that I rationed my reading as I didn't want to finish it' ***** Reader Review 'Tense, immersive and riveting' ***** Reader Review 'Keeps your attention in a vice-like grip' ***** Reader Review A #1 FICTION BESTSELLER IN AUSTRALIA, AUGUST 2020 __________ PRAISE FOR MICHAEL ROBOTHAM'S THRILLERS: 'An absolute master' Stephen King 'Superbly exciting' Guardian 'He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul' Peter James 'Robotham is the real deal' David Baldacci 'Heart-stopping and heart-breaking' Val McDermid 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' Times

The Other Wife

The Other Wife

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2019

The ninth book in the Joseph O'Loughlin series, from the multi-million-copy bestselling author. Don't miss Michael Robotham's new thriller When She Was Good, out now. 'Superbly constructed . . . a breathtaking twist' Daily Mail Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price. A mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the internationally bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps - now a major BBC TV series. Praise for Michael Robotham's thrillers: 'I love this guy's books' Lee Child 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' The Times 'An absolute master' Stephen King 'He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul' Peter James 'Heart-stopping and heart-breaking' Val McDermid 'The real deal' David Baldacci 'Superbly exciting . . . a terrific read' Guardian

Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Hugely entertaining, tick. Multifaceted, tick. Intelligent, tick. Start of a new series, tick, tick, tick. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven investigates the death of a young champion ice-skater, while also assessing Evie. Evie is in secure care after experiencing severe trauma and she has the gift (or curse) of being able to tell when someone is lying. Chapter one hooked me, a few more chapters in and another snare caught me, raising questions, leaving me wanting more. Short, intense chapters are written either from Evie’s viewpoint or that of Cyrus. Both characters intrigued me, leaving my thoughts knocking at the door to understanding. Two stories with Cyrus acting as the link gradually twist together to create one fascinating tale. I gobbled up this book, there were surprises waiting in unexpected places, and moments of calm when I was wary. Good Girl, Bad Girl is a wow of a start to a new series that promises much indeed. Not only one of my picks of the month, I’ve also chosen Good Girl, Bad Girl to sit as a LoveReading star book too.

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The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

NOW A MAJOR BBC SERIES STARRING LAURA CARMICHAEL Don't miss the electrifying new thriller from Michael Robotham - WHEN SHE WAS GOOD is out now 'A genuine page-turner and ideal holiday read. It leaves you unsettled and enthralled in equal measure' DAILY EXPRESS _____ Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone. The compelling standalone psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM. 'Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham's clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won't be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes' STEPHEN KING ____ Praise for Michael Robotham's pulse-pounding writing: 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' The Times 'Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them' Linwood Barclay 'Superbly exciting . . . a terrific read' Guardian 'A nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master' Stephen King on Life or Death

The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2017

The life she wanted wasn't hers . . . The compelling new psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone. THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a compelling psychological thriller by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham. Praise for Michael Robotham's writing: 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' - The Times 'Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them' - LINWOOD BARCLAY 'Superbly exciting ... a terrific read' - Guardian 'LIFE OR DEATH is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master.' - STEPHEN KING

Secrets She Keeps

Secrets She Keeps

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/07/2017

In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called ';an absolute master' of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blogposts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls. When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.

Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2016

The eighth book in the Joseph O'Loughlin series, from the multi-million-copy bestselling author. Don't miss Michael Robotham's new thriller When She Was Good, out now. I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing Someone is coming They're going to find me A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself 'the Mindhunter', jeopardises the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger. With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders and a series of brutal attacks where his victims have been choked unconscious and had the letter 'A' carved into their foreheads. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer . . . The nail-biting psychological thriller that will keep you up till dawn, from the international No.1 bestseller. Praise for Michael Robotham's thrillers: 'I love this guy's books' Lee Child 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' The Times 'An absolute master' Stephen King 'He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul' Peter James 'Heart-stopping and heart-breaking' Val McDermid 'The real deal' David Baldacci 'Superbly exciting . . . a terrific read' Guardian

Shatter

Shatter

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

A naked woman in red high-heeled shoes is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge with her back pressed to the safety fence, weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps. Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights. Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

The Drowning Man

The Drowning Man

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2010

A lost child. A shattered past. A life going under . . . Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him. A mile away from his body, a boat was found covered in blood -- Vincent's and that of three others. Forensics say at least one of them must be dead. Vincent, a police detective, had signed his service pistol out of the station armoury, despite being on leave. Many murder suspects fake amnesia, and the investigating team are not sure this case is any different . . . The only clue is a picture in his pocket, a photograph of a young girl, Mickey Carlyle, who disappeared three years ago. And though Mickey is presumed dead, Vincent has the nagging doubt that she is alive and in terrible danger . . .

Bombproof

Bombproof

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2009

Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country. Fast, funny, hip and violent, Bombproof is a non-stop adventure full of unforgettable characters and a heart-warming hero - Sami Macbeth - a man with the uncanny ability to turn a desperate situation into a hopeless one.