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A thrilling novel of espionage and murder in the dark heart of Westminster, from the UK's most exciting new spy writer.

A Russian defector is found brutally murdered in a London hotel.

Only four people knew he had turned - the four most important and powerful figures in Whitehall.

There's only one conclusion - a mole has infiltrated the highest levels of the nation's security.

Operating in secret from within Westminster's darkest corners, former spy Solomon Vine must uncover the traitor.

Because Britain's future hangs in the balance.

And with it the fate of the whole world....

©2021 Matthew Richardson (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Proof that the spy genre is flourishing in the 21st century.... [Richardson's] plotting has an old-school, Swiss-clock precision." (Guardian)

"Compelling, intense and sharply authentic." (James Swallow, best-selling author of Nomad)

"A splendid tale of espionage starring an old-fashioned MI6 hero...exciting spy literature." (Times)

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A TRUELY EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG AUTHOR

With 900 books downloaded I'm becoming increasingly frustrated. Those of you who have loved audible books over the years I'm sure feel the same way. Our standards have risen actually, haven't they, having been exposed to excellent writing and superb narration on occasion, it becomes very difficult to go back. The authors I have listened to over the years, even if talented, become lazy, don't put the work in, and turn out really lousy books year after year now. Combine poor quality prose, with mediocre narration and it really becomes an unsatisfying experience. Then by chance, I stumbled onto this young author, this being his second novel, joined by Mr. Barrett as voice actor who is just superb. I hope this pairing goes on forever!

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  • Mike
  • 12-06-21

Class…!

An excellent spy story, top quality writing beautifully read, looking forward to more from this author

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  • Islington Bob
  • 01-26-22

Ripping yarn - like finding a new Le Carre/McBain

Have to say I loved this. First off it has Sean Barratt, and hes just great at this stuff. You just relax and let him tell you a story.

This book has all the tropes you love if your into Le Carre and McBain. Moscow Rules, chalk, dead letter boxes, rude politicians, clever enemies. It borrows a lot from Tinker Tailor, but clearly with some love.

Personally I like my spy stories really slow and this book could have been longer. Also Im not sure I got one particular bit of plot - but I didnt care by that point. Listened to it over three days and was sad when it finished. Hope he does some more as hes found a way to do Le Carre in a modern setting with modern tech (that sort of ruins the Cold War vibe).

Good book! Get it!

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  • Ash
  • 01-23-22

Romped through this in a one day binge

Very fun, tense and brutal classic Spy Tale. Sean Barrett once again proving he has no equal.

I guessed the ending but that was because there were was beginning to be a dearth of characters left but did not see the twist.

Excellent. Barrett does female power tones excellently ever since Slough House, Diana.

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  • Dunblane1
  • 01-15-22

Beautifully constructed!

Can’t wait for more from this author.
Only slight criticism is that although reading is first class it suggests an older protagonist.

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  • Doug Fleming
  • 01-08-22

Disappointing

If you like tales dealing in the shadowy world of spooks and moles where the lead character is constantly looking over his shoulder, then this book is for you.. Unfortunately I do not. I nearly gave up when I reached chapter 40 and it was only the narration by Sean Barrett that made me continue.. But then I could listen to Sean if he was reading a bus timetable.

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  • Axel
  • 01-06-22

Perfect voice artist - very promising author

I love well written spy novels that don't just rely physical action to create suspense. I am glad I discovered Matthew Richardson in a podcast interview as he is a very talented writer using language very skillfully. I felt the end a tiny bit rushed maybe giving in to a false sense that some very fast twists and physical action were needed.As the wonderful first three quarters of the book show: less is more.
The voice artist Sean Barrett gives a wondeful performance. I would enjoy him even if he read tax invoices.

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  • LondonSquire
  • 12-14-21

Great modern spy fiction

Really enjoyed this. Sean Barrett is excellent as ever as a narrator. Great story from Matthew Richardson. If you enjoyed Mick Herron’s Slough House series I dare you not to enjoy this.