A Fatal Game

by Nicholas Searle

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A fabulous, boldly provocative novel highlighting a British Intelligence Officer as he attempts to foil a terrorist plot.

In a bold, compelling and challenging novel, I found just under 250 pages of pure and utter reading pleasure. British Intelligence Officer Jake Winter is under huge pressure after recruiting a young male who has been enlisted in a terrorist plot. Can he foil the terrorists while at the same time answering questions from an enquiry into an earlier bombing which targeted rush-hour commuters? I found Jake to be absolutely fascinating, he sits centre stage in this story in such an understated way. Nicholas Searle regularly slingshots new characters into the fray ramping up the intensity, creating an almost unbearable tension. The severity of the situation is highlighted as each additional character helps to build a picture which alters, expands, and provokes. The ending is hugely powerful and I sat in contemplation for a while afterwards. You will quite possibly see me hanging off a few rooftops shouting about A Fatal Game. It comes as so highly recommended from me, I have chosen it as a Star Book, and a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month. 

Liz Robinson

A Fatal Game Synopsis

A white-knuckle tale of betrayal and espionage from the bestselling author of The Good Liar, now a major motion picture, and the heir to John le Carre's legacy 'Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carre' Daily Express ___________________ Rush-hour commuters are flooding the railway station when the bomb goes off. The bomber? An agent reporting to the British Intelligence Officer, Jake Winter, who was responsible for preventing the attack. With his conscience and career in tatters, Jake has to rest all his hopes on a new recruit: a young man named Rashid who seems to be the answer the MI5 have been waiting for. But how can Jake - haunted by his last mistake - be sure that Rashid isn't playing a double game? After all, who can you trust when you no longer trust yourself? ___________________ 'A thought-provoking read that bursts with tension' Financial Times 'Meticulously plotted, with wonderfully drawn characters. Every bit as compelling as Searle's stirring debut' Daily Mail 'A spy thriller with extra authority' Jonathan Freedland, Guardian 'Elegant, grown-up entertainment with nail-biting action. It has the terrifying ring of truth'The Times

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241354391
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Nicholas Searle
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Primary Genre Espionage and Spy Thriller
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Nicholas Searle Press Reviews

'It reminded me strongly of John le Carre ... this is high praise' - Daily Mail on 'A Traitor in the Family'

Unbearably tense - Telegraph on 'A Traitor in the Family'

All the ingredients are in this book...You're in safe hands with Searle's elegant writing - The Times on 'The Good Liar'

This is set to be one of the books of the year that will get everyone talking ... you will have your socks knocked, nay, blown off - Stylist on 'The Good Liar'

An assured thriller debut in the footsteps of le Carre, Highsmith and Rendell - Guardian on 'The Good Liar'

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ISBN: 9780241354391
Publication date: 04/02/2021
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ISBN: 9780241354377
Publication date: 04/07/2019
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About Nicholas Searle

Nicholas Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the universities of Bath and Gottingen. He was a civil servant who spent much of his time working on security matters before deciding to leave in 2011 and begin writing fiction. The Good Liar is his first novel. He lives in Yorkshire. Author photo © Mark Vessey

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