A prisoner on the run, with secrets the world would kill for... Read the award-nominated, utterly authentic and terrifyingly tense first book in Adam Brookes' groundbreaking thriller trilogy.
Tell them, the Night Heron is hunting . . .
A lone man escapes a labour camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China.
Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British. Now he finds Beijing transformed and crawling with danger - the fugitive must quickly disappear on its surveillance-blanketed streets or face death.
Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via journalist Philip Mangan, offering secrets in return for his life.
Mangan is dragged into a deeper and deeper whirlpool of lies, as the secrets prove more valuable than either of them could ever have known... and not only to the British.
A classic spy thriller packed with tension and detail, brilliantly paced - Peter James
Night Heron is a slow-burner up until its extended and surprisingly violent denouement, but it is absolutely gripping throughout . . . this is the best debut spy thriller by a British author in ages. - The Telegraph
An intriguing, skilful and taut novel...elegantly plotted and with a piercing eye for detail - Daily Mail
Superior espionage - The Sun
Reeks with verisimilitude in its settings and atmosphere . . . a cleverly plotted action-filled story - The Times
Debut of the month... accomplished... striking - The Sunday Times
The BBC's former China correspondent joins the ranks of John le Carre and Frederick Forsyth with a laser-sharp Beijing spy thriller . . . Brookes arrives a full formed talent, with a complete mastery of the genre - Daily Express
An outstanding first novel - Washington Post
As the BBC's China Correspondent, Adam Brookes received repeated visits from an anonymous man offering to sell him military secrets to pass to British Secret Services - a likely 'dangle' designed to entrap him. This event inspired the writing of Night Heron, a game-changing thriller ripped from today's headlines. Now correspondent for BBC News in Washington, D.C., Adam Brookes is deeply engrained in the world of government secrets, and has reported on assignment from many of the world's most dangerous countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Korea.