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The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne

The Righteous Men

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Reviewed on Richard & Judy on 12th July 2006.
This is a real high-concept thriller in the making and I’m told the pseudonym of a journalist writing for the Guardian. Extremism, dead bodies, coded and cryptic messages, kidnap and perhaps even a religious conspiracy provide for a brilliantly plotted serial-killer thriller. Once you’re hooked, and it won’t take long, you’ll find it both breathtaking and unputdownable.

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The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne

Someone is killing good people. Why?

A series of murders as far apart as the backstreets of New York, the crowded slums of India and the pristine beaches of Cape Town can't be connected. Can they?

Rookie New York Times reporter Will Monroe thinks not - until his beautiful wife Beth is kidnapped. The men holding her seem ready to kill without hesitation.

Desperate, Will follows a sinister trail that leads to a mysterious cult, fanatical followers of one of the world's oldest religions - right on his own doorstep. Now he must unravel ancient prophecies and riddles buried deep in the Bible to find a secret worth killing for, a secret on which the fate of humanity may depend. But with more victims dying every hour and each clue wrapped in layers of code, time is running out ...


‘The best thriller I’ve read in years.’ Piers Morgan

‘The biggest challenger to Dan Brown’s crown … a highly charged, theologically accurate tale’ Mirror

‘Compulsive reading … successfully blends ancient teachings with the highly charged ways of the 21st century … bears all the hallmarks of a blockbuster’ Daily Express

About the Author

Sam Bourne

Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper’s Washington correspondent, and presents Radio 4’s contemporary history programme, The Long View.

The most successful male thriller writer in the UK today, Sam Bourne’s first novel The Righteous Men was a Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2006 and a No. 1 bestseller, selling over 600,000 copies in paperback. His three subsequent novels, The Last Testament, The Final Reckoning and The Chosen One have all been Sunday Times Top Five bestsellers.

Author photograph © Eamonn McCabe 2011

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3rd July 2006


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