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My Name Is Nobody by Matthew Richardson


My Name Is Nobody by Matthew Richardson

'PROOF THAT THE SPY GENRE IS FLOURISHING IN THE 21ST CENTURY' Guardian 'I know for certain that there is a mole somewhere within the intelligence services . . . His codename is Nobody . . .' Solomon Vine is a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon. Three months later, MI6's Head of Station in Istanbul is violently abducted from his home. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man's oldest friend: Solomon Vine. On the run and determined to clear his name, Vine tries to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that there's much more at stake than the life of a single spy... 'Compelling, intense and sharply authentic' James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad 'A supremely confident debut' Daily Mail 'Authentic, mysterious, fraught with deception, betrayal, and uncertain allegiances' Jason Matthews, author of Red Sparrow 'Such a smart, pacey, twisty thriller. Tremendous!' C.J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man


Now comes Matthew Richardson, hailed as the next Charles Cumming. My Name is Nobody actually falls somewhere between Robert Ludlum and Le Carre * Sunday Mail * A splendid tale of espionage starring an old-fashioned MI6 hero . . . exciting spy literature * The Times * All debut spy novelists are dubbed the new John le Carre but Richardson has made a good fist of living up to the accolade at his first attempt . . . [a] knowledgeable thriller * SPORT Magazine * Proof that the genre is flourishing anew in the 21st century . . . [he] distinguishes the more ambitious offerings in the spy genre, but his plotting has an old-school, Swiss-clock precision that keeps the reader pleasurably engaged. * The Guardian * I dare you to find a first novel as self-assured, impeccably researched and beautifully rendered . . . Richardson paints a portrait of espionage that calls to mind early le Carre -- Gregg Hurwitz * No. 1 bestselling author of Orphan X * Compelling, intense and sharply authentic -- James Swallow * bestselling author of Nomad * A pleasingly convoluted spy saga . . . which combines immaculate Cold War tradecraft with modern tech savvy as our maverick hero comes up against a Le Carre-esque establishment while trying to find a mole and head off a terrorist atrocity * Sunday Times Crime Club * Truly authentic and frighteningly so . . . a remarkable thriller * Shot Magazine * Authentic, mysterious, fraught with deception, betrayal, and uncertain allegiances, it captures perfectly the foggy world of spies, populated by conspiracy and turncoats, both friends and enemies, an evocative descent into the Wilderness of Mirrors -- Jason Matthews * author of Red Sparrow * Matthew Richardson's debut is a bang-up-to-date thriller told with old-school panache. A great read -- Mick Herron * CWA Gold Dagger-winning author of Dead Lions * Elegant and assured, My Name is Nobody weaves a complex web of moles, double agents and tradecraft, brought right up to date by a fresh young voice . . . compelling spy fiction -- Michael Ridpath * bestselling author of Amnesia * A supremely confident debut . . . This story is told with panache and a taste for spy craft that mark it as outstanding * Daily Mail * Told with panache and a taste for the intricacies of craft that mark it as outstanding ... Solomon Vine reminds me not so much of le Carre's Smiley, but rather Len Deighton's spy in his marvellous debut The Ipcress File. If he keeps going, Vine could be that good ... a supremely confident debut * Daily Mail *

About the Author

Matthew Richardson studied English at Durham University and Merton College, Oxford. After a brief spell as a freelance journalist, he began working as a researcher and speechwriter in Westminster, and has also written speeches for senior figures in the private sector. My Name is Nobody is his first novel.

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Publication date

11th January 2018


Matthew Richardson

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Penguin Books Ltd


336 pages


Espionage & spy thriller
Crime & mystery



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