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Head of Zeus
31 May 2018 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781784977887

1937. Fate will bring celebrated German fighter ace Dieter Merz and Scottish ex-marine turned intelligence operative Tam Moncrieff together. Can war be avoided? But how?

Fiction / FJMS (Action & Adventure)
Extent: 496 pages
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EstocadaSpoils of Warby Graham Hurley

'Liked this. Went someway to plugging the ginormous hole that Philip Kerr's sad passing has left in my life' DERMOT O'LEARY.

1937. Flying for the infamous Condor Legion over the battlefields of Spain's civil war, Merz has been able to unleash the fearsome potential of the Luftwaffe's newest weapon against his opponents. In Dieter's hands, the Messerschmitt Bf-109 is as graceful as a matador's killing strike: la estocada.

Scotsman and ex-marine Tam Moncrieff is recruited by a nameless intelligence agency in London to go to Germany and sound out Hitler's resolve. Does he really intend to invade Czechoslovakia? Do his generals support him? Can the march to war be stopped?

As duty collides with conscience, fate will bring both men together. In a world wedded to violence and ambition, desperate steps must be taken. To avoid war a killing strike is needed: la estocada.

The question is, who is the matador, who is the bull?

Graham Hurley is the author of the acclaimed Faraday and Winter crime novels and an award-winning TV documentary maker. Two of the critically lauded series have been shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel. His thriller Finisterre, set in 1944, was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Follow Graham at

Third title in Hurley's critically acclaimed thriller series set around the Second World War.

Finisterre was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing prize.

MARKET: Robert Harris; Guy Saville; Alan Furst.

'Graham Hurley is one of Britain's most under-appreciated thriller writers ... [Estocada is] an engrossing read' Crime Time

'Hurley weaves fact and fiction seamlessly together in another excellent work of suspense and intrigue' Soldier Magazine

'With a strong plot, the author brings alive this period of intense political and social drama. The main characters are well-written, with the use of actual historical characters – Ribbentrop, Hitler, Churchill, etc., giving structure and support' Historical Novel Society

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