Publication Date: 27/05/2021 ISBN: 9780241348314 Category:

Island Reich

Jack Grimwood

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 27/05/2021 ISBN: 9780241348314 Category:




‘Intricately plotted, rip-roaring World War Two adventure – proper heroes, proper villains, royal intrigue and grounded in real history’ IAN RANKIN

The rich, atmospheric WWII thriller from the award-winning author of Moskva and Nightfall in Berlin

An unlikely spy.
July 1940. As Britain braces itself for invasion, ex-Tommy and safecracker Bill O’Hagan is glad to have escaped the battlefield. But when a job goes wrong, he finds himself forced to serve his country once more.

A former king.
Spurned by his government and fearing for his life, the Duke of Windsor flees to Portugal with the woman for whom he abdicated the throne, Wallis Simpson. As a web of Nazi trickery threatens to ensnare him, his fate and the fate of Britain rest on one man.

The fate of a nation in their hands . . .
Dropped on an occupied Channel Island without backup, Bill must crack an enemy safe and get its contents to safety. Failure will devastate any hope Britain has of winning the war.

But with the layers of deception and intrigue drawing ever more tightly around them, Bill and the Duke both learn they aren’t the only players in this game.

And Berlin – which has the Duke in its own sights – is plotting its greatest move yet . . .

‘Highly entertaining . . . The plot is splendidly complicated. Like most good adventure novels set in recognizable history, Grimwood offers readers an enticing “what if?”‘ SCOTSMAN

‘Jack Grimwood matches Robert Harris, Joseph Kanon, Ken Follett and John le Carre thrill for thrill in this breath-taking WWII story of atmospheric suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue, set in the tense depths of Britain’s Darkest Hour’ Glasgow Life

‘Triumphant . . . The synthesis of real and fictitious characters is handled with panache by the talented Grimwood’ Financial Times

‘Top notch . . . the suspense never wavers’ Crimetime

‘Fact and fiction merge . . . a rip-roaring yarn that is totally credible. Excellent’ The Sun

Praise for Jack Grimwood

‘Grimwood is a damned fine writer’ Independent

‘The new le Carre . . . an absolutely brilliant page turner . . . If you love thrillers, Jack Grimwood is a name you need to remember’ BBC Radio 2 The Sara Cox Show

‘A master stylist’ Michael Marshall

Publisher Review

Praise for Jack Grimwood * - * A fine book . . . for those who enjoy vintage le Carre -- Ian Rankin * - * Grimwood is a damned fine writer * Independent * The new le Carre . . . an absolutely brilliant page turner . . . if you love thrillers, Jack Grimwood is a name you need to remember * BBC Radio 2 The Sara Cox Show * Spring's best thriller * Observer * A powerful, addictive, twisty tale where no-one can be trusted -- David Young, author of Stasi Child * - * 'Note-perfect, multi-layered, rugged as a T-34 tank. Grimwood is about to become your new favourite thriller writer * Independent * The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting * SciFi Now * The superior spy thriller of the year. Le Carre fans will be delighted * - * A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist * - * An intriguing thriller * Literary Review * Mesmerising, surefooted, vividly realised . . . something special in the arena of international thrillers * Financial Times * Even better than Child 44 . . . A blizzard of exciting set pieces, superbly realized * Daily Telegraph * An extraordinarily atmospheric and immersive read ... escapism at its best * Good Housekeeping * So atmospheric, so elegantly written . . . like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, or like early le Carre. I really recommend it. I just disappeared into it totally -- Marian Keyes * - * The thriller of the summer ... Grimwood raises the stakes in this dark, twisty tale * iPaper *

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