July 2011 Book of the Month.
Atmospheric, intriguing and elegantly written, this is an exceptional new thriller set against the backdrop of the French Riviera in the 1930s. It's a riveting and evocative tale of passion and murder from the No.1 bestselling author of The Savage Garden. The irresistible location draws you deep into the heart of the novel and the author's evocative glimpse into pre-World War II Europe grips until the final page.
France, 1935: At the poor man's end of the Riviera sits Le Rayol, a haven for artists, expatriates and refugees. Here, a world away from the rumblings of a continent heading towards war, Tom Nash has rebuilt his life after a turbulent career in the Secret Intelligence Service. His past, though, is less willing to leave him behind. When a midnight intruder tries to kill him, Tom knows it is just a matter of time before another assassination attempt is made. Gathered at Le Rayol for the summer months are all those he holds most dear, including his beloved goddaughter Lucy. Reluctantly, Tom comes to believe that one of them must have betrayed him. If he is to live, Tom must draw his enemy out, but at what cost to himself and the people he loves!?
Closing date: 31/08/2018
'Outstandingly good ! beautifully written, cleverly plotted and highly recommended
'Mark Mills is a superb writer, and 'The Information Officer' is a superb read' Joseph O'Neill
'A forgotten corner of World War II rediscovered and expertly revealed to us. Fascinating and shrewdly compelling -- Mark Mills does it again' William Boyd
'A lush, romantic thriller, skilfully crafted by master stylist Mark Mills' George Pelecanos
'A compelling, vividly rendered slow burn of a book which culminates in an electrifying climax' Guardian
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||7th July 2011|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
Mark Mills graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. He has lived in both Italy and France, and has written for the screen. His first novel, The Whaleboat House, won the 2004 Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Novel by a debut author. His second, The Savage Garden, was a Richard and Judy Summer Read and a No. 1 bestseller. Under the name Mark B. Mills, he has written the comic novel, Waiting for Doggo. He lives near Oxford with his wife and two children. Photograph © Willow and Pea PortraitsMore About Mark Mills