Reviews

  • 'Operation Morthor is as exciting as the best spy novels, with the enormous advantage of being completely true. Ravi Somaiya masterfully teases out the tangled strands of a Cold War mystery in a place where nothing and no one are quite what they seem. The result is a gripping book by a gifted writer and a dogged investigator'

    Mitchell Zuckoff, author of 13 Hours
  • 'Operation Morthor is one of the most gripping nonfiction books I've read in a very long time, a real-life thriller about the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary General of the UN, in 1961. Somaiya is one of the country's best journalists, and he's used his prodigious reporting and researching skills to dig up some truly startling new information about the plane crash in the Congo that killed Hammarskjold and spawned an almost never-ending series of conspiracy theories. Somaiya does a masterful job sifting the evidence and building a case of murder. This is a fabulous page turner. I highly recommend it'

    Douglas Preston, author of The Monster of Florence
  • 'Ravi Somaiya's brilliant unwrapping of the mystery surrounding Hammarskjold's death will convert the reader into an avid investigator the moment they pick up this book! A compelling read - filled with revelations and written in a style that's clean and fast-paced, Operation Morthor also raises key questions before governments who still act suspiciously: why? What are you hiding exactly?'

    Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN Human Rights Chief (2014-2018)
  • 'What caused the 1961 plane crash that killed UN Secretary-General Hammarskjöld, who was attempting at the time to end a war in the Congo? Though the official accounts identified either pilot error or accident as having been responsible, investigative journalist Somaiya lays out the evidence suggesting foul play in his impressive debut. An eye-opening account'

    Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

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