Paris, April 1968.
The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for Will Flemyng – secret servant at the British embassy – the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy's oldest fear: exposure.
Freddy Craven is the hero and mentor Flemyng would trust with his life, but when he is tempted into a dark, Cold War labyrinth, he chooses the dangerous path and plays his game alone.
Then a bizarre murder reveals a web of secrets, and his loyalty to family and friends is tested as never before.
As the streets of Paris become a smoke-filled battleground, Flemyng, like his friends and enemies, discovers that where secrets are at stake, lives are too.
Head of Zeus * Thrillers
21 Apr 2016 * 400pp * £4.99 * 9781784080181
'James Naughtie's brilliant spy thriller is written with authority as well as a deep understanding of time and place'
'[Flemyng] is an interesting, well-drawn character. Naughtie tells a good story with his much-loved trademark excess of words'
'Striking character studies'
The Sunday Times
'A hugely gripping and atmospheric read'
Alexander McCall Smith, Mail on Sunday
'This cracking debut pits brother against brother in a gritty, sprawling epic'
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and surprises turn up around every corner... A very good read'
A concise thriller... a satisfying and well-conceived novel'
Although complex this is quite a quick read... enjoyable'
New Books Magazine
'Naughtie writes with a cool authority reminiscent of that now neglected master of the novel of espionage, William Haggard'