A Fatal Game

A Fatal Game

Summary

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 Carré's legacy

'Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carré'
Daily Express
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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?
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'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

Reviews

  • Searle has fun with the office politics of the intelligence world, and is thoughtful about the ethics of espionage . . . it seems something akin to poetry can be the best medium for expressing the practicalities of the hard-nosed business of espionage.
    – The Telegraph, The 31 best thrillers and crime novels of 2019 so far

About the author

Nicholas Searle

Nicholas Searle is the author of three novels. His first novel, The Good Liar, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the best debut crime novel. Before becoming a writer, Nicholas worked in British intelligence for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Yorkshire.
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