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The Amateur Spy

Dan Fesperman

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

'A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event' Sunday Telegraph

Freeman Lockhart is working for his old friend Omar in Amman, Jordan. And spying on him too.

Hoping to prevent his own secrets from ever coming to light, Freeman has agreed to report back on his friend to a clandestine agency interested in Omar's finances.

In Washington DC, meanwhile, Aliyah Rahim is spying on her husband Abbas. A brilliant doctor, Abbas is crushed by the death of their daughter, which he blames on the post-9/11 mood of hostility towards Arab-Americans, and Aliyah fears he may be planning a terrifying act of revenge.

Freeman and Aliyah are pitched into the same deadly game, in which the only rules are violence and deceit.

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Praise for The Amateur Spy

  • Dan Fesperman's novels always offer interesting and thought-provoking commentary on contemporary world events and in THE AMATEUR SPY he tackles Middle East terrorism with a story that contains a disquietingly topical element...A fine thriller to add to his impressive body of work - Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph

  • A gritty verisimilitude against a subtle political backdrop. The scene-setting is vivid and dramatic. Mr Fesperman is especially good on the murky frontier where journalists, aid-workers and spies trade information...He is honing the genre of intelligent political thrillers. Foreign correspondents should note: they now have some new standards to match. - Economist

  • It goes without saying that Fesperman is a master of orchestrating tension - but he is equally good at characterising his vulnerable, conflicted protagonists - Daily Express

  • Fesperman taps another timely issue in his fourth topical thriller...a superb job - Publishers Weekly

  • Fascinating ... a thought-provoking and exciting read - Observer on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO

  • An absorbing novel with some provocative commentary on America's war on terror - Susannah Yager, Sunday Telegraph on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO

  • A neat sense of conspiratorial tension...Fesperman's use of spy tradecraft is good - even creative - and never more elaborate than the situation calls for - Washington Post on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO

  • A superb spy thriller worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carre and Ken Follett...darkly imaginative...draws a dramatic portrait - USA Today on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO

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Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman is a war correspondent for Baltimore's The Sun. In the past they have sent him to cover the Gulf War from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; then sent him to Berlin to run the paper's Europe bureau during the years of the Yugoslav civil wars in Croatia and Bosnia; and in 2001 assigned him to cover events in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of 9-11. Along the way he also reported from throughout the rest of Europe and the Middle East. Dan is currently on extended leave from The Sun in order to write his next two thrillers.

So far Dan Fesperman is the author of six highly acclaimed novels of international suspense, including THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO which won the 2006 Hammett Prize awarded by the International Association of Crime Writers. Dan Fesperman also won the CWA John Creasey Award for best debut crime novel for LIE IN THE DARK in 1999 and his second novel, THE SMALL BOAT OF GREAT SORROWS, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller in 2003. He lives in Baltimore with his family. Visit his website at

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