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A Fatal Game

by Nicholas Searle

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Star Books

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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. 

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A Fatal Game Synopsis

The railway station is heaving with rush-hour commuters when the bomb goes off.

In the subsequent enquiry, serious questions are asked of Jake Winter, the British Intelligence Officer responsible for preventing the attack. Especially when it transpires that the bomber was his agent.

With his conscience - and his career - in tatters, Jake's hopes rest on his new recruit, a young British-Asian man named Rashid. Recently returned disillusioned from the Middle East, and now enlisted into a new terrorist plot, Rashid seems to be the answer Jake, and MI5, have been waiting for.

But how can Jake know for certain when Rashid is his only source? Is history about to repeat itself or has Jake lost his nerve, haunted by his last mistake?

After all, who can you trust, when you no longer trust yourself?

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A Fatal Game 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: 9780241354377
Publication date: 04/07/2019
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241354377
Publication date: 4th July 2019
Author: Nicholas Searle
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads, Star Books,
Categories: Espionage & spy thriller, Political / legal thriller,

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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