Journalist Philip Mangan throws himself back into the dangerous world of international secrets in the follow-up to the award-nominated, highly acclaimed thriller Night Heron. But this time, no one is to be trusted...
'Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal'
Fearing for his life, journalist Philip Mangan has gone into hiding from the Chinese agents who have identified him as a British spy. His reputation and life are in tatters. But when he is caught in a terrorist attack in East Africa and a shadowy Chinese figure approaches him in the dead of night with information on the origins of the atrocity, Mangan is suddenly back in the eye of the storm.
Meanwhile, thousands of miles away on a humid Hong Kong night, a key MI6 source is murdered minutes after meeting spy Trish Patterson. From Washington, D.C. to the hallowed halls of Oxford University and dusty African streets, a sinister power is stirring that will use Mangan and Patterson as its pawns - if they survive. Deeply steeped in tension and paranoia, Spy Games is Adam Brookes' follow-up to his award-nominated debut Night Heron and a remarkable, groundbreaking spy thriller.
A classic spy thriller packed with tension and detail, brilliantly paced. - Peter James on Night Heron
Brookes knows modern China, he seemingly knows the British secret service and, most importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. The splendid result is this rich, can't-put-it-down thriller. A terrific read. - Joseph Kanon - author of The Good German and Leaving Berlin
The best British spy novel debut in years - Daily Telegraph on Night Heron
Night Heron reeks with verisimilitude in its settings and atmosphere, and is accompanied by a cleverly plotted action-filled story of Anglo-Chinese espionage - The Times on Night Heron
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 on Night Heron
Superior espionage - The Sun on Night Heron
An intriguing, skilful and taut novel...elegantly plotted and with a piercing eye for detail - Daily Mail on Night Heron
Debut of the month is Adam Brookes's accomplished Night Heron - The Sunday Times on Night Heron
Adam Brookes for many years a journalist and foreign correspondent for BBC News. He reported from China, Indonesia, the US and many other countries, Iraq and Afghanistan among them. His debut novel, Night Heron, was nominated for the 2014 CWA John Creasey Dagger and appeared on best of the year lists in the TLS, Kirkus and NPR; its follow-up, Spy Games was nominated for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The Spy's Daughter is his third novel. He lives with his family in Takoma Park, Maryland.