Written by a real-life James Bond, the brand new espionage thriller in Matthew Dunn's gripping Spycatcher series.
Will Cochrane monitors the nighttime streets of Gdansk, Poland, waiting for the appearance of a Russian defector, a man bearing a top-secret document. Will believes the defector is about to step out of the cold and into the hands of Polish authorities, but suddenly everything goes sideways. The target shows up, but so does a team from the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR, and they are hell-bent on keeping the man from walking. Then, in a hail of crossfire, a van speeds into the melee and snatches the defector out from under them all. Everyone wants the man and the codes he carries - but now he's gone and it's up to Will and his CIA/MI6 team to find him before the Russians do.
Will tracks both the missing Russian and his kidnappers, believing the defector has his own warped agenda. But soon it's apparent that the real perpetrator could be someone much more powerful: a former East German Stasi officer who instigated a supersecret pact between Russian and US generals almost 20 years ago. An agreement, which if broken for any reason, was designed to unleash the world's deadliest assassin.
Then Will learns that the Russians have tasked their own 'spycatcher' - an agent just as ruthless and relentless as Will - to retrieve the document.
I know of no other spy thriller that so successfully blends the fascinating nuances of the business of espionage and intelligence work with full-throttle suspense storytelling
Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there, done-that authenticity
Like le Carre and Fleming before him, Dunn is the real thing ... His, though, is a more muscular creation than Smiley, or even Bond. Meet Will Cochrane, a one-man weapon of mass destruction - DAILY TELEGRAPH
A nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat page turner. Matthew Dunn is an explosive new talent
An intelligent and entertaining summer read ... solid and authentic - FINANCIAL TIMES
A terrific thriller with a superb new hero ... Bond and Bourne can take a back seat
Author Dunn has perfected the literary equivalent of the type of action movie that might star Stallone, Steven Seagal or The Rock - IRISH INDEPENDENT