One of our Books of the Year 2014.
A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to be announced. There are several candidates who must be whistle clean. A mid-ranking government minister with a past in the secret service is asked to look into their backgrounds. He has two brothers, one working for the American secret service. The tale is very convoluted, seeming unconnected and vague but does come together a little more than half way through with the resolve coming as a complete surprise at the very end. So keep your wits about you, stay with it and be enthralled.
Will Flemyng was a spy who turned to politics and is rising to the top in the 1970s. But when a bizarre death, on one hot summer day in London, starts to unravel some of the most sensitive secrets of his government, he's drawn back into the shadows of the Cold War and begins to dance with danger once more. Buffeted by political forces and the powerful women around him, and caught in interlocking mysteries he must disentangle - including a potentially lethal family secret - Flemyng faces his vulnerability and learns, through betrayal and tragedy, more truth about his world than he has ever known.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Naughtie, best known for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, has written books on politics and music, but this is his first novel. In a hot summer in the mid 1970s, Foreign Office minister Will Flemyng finds himself involved in a political crisis after a mysterious death. Fleming was trained as a spy behind enemy lines in the Cold War and is now forced to return to that world. He will find all of his loyalties, to friends, rivals (and even his two brothers), sorely tested. This is territory that Naughtie has come to know well, and he transmits that knowledge into this complex and involving novel.
'A sophisticated and hugely satisfying thriller that grips from the first page to the last. A tour de force' Kate Mosse
'Good writing, vivid scene-setting and knowledgable descriptions from an insider at ease in the corridors of power' Literary Review
'The book itself is tight lipped; the reader has to piece together a drip-feed of clues - and the process becomes addictive' The Independent
'Fast-paced ... full of intriguing insights, from a man with 30 years experience of the corridors of power' Daily Mail
'Complex and psychologically detailed, I have seldom come across a novel so redolent of le Carre's milieu and technique ... an evocative and eloquent novel' Charles Cumming
'A clever, intelligent story by someone who knows the territory intimately'
'A slow-burning, cerebral and gripping thriller which fuses the entwined professions of politics and espionage' The Herald
'A complex spy novel which comes with all the convincing insider knowledge you'd expect ... He has a gift for colourful images and smoke screen writing which sustains the tension' Independent on Sunday
'A lot of fun ... Let's hope we hear more of Will Flemying' Evening Standard
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 27/02/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||28th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Espionage & spy thriller,|
James Naughtie is one of the best-known broadcasters in the UK. A presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4, and a prize-winning writer, he has written about politics in London and Washington for many years.More About James Naughtie