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Proof of Life: The Gripping Espionage Thriller from an Award-Winning International Bestseller

R.J. Ellory

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Thriller / suspense, Espionage & spy thriller

The mission was simple: prove his friend was dead. A gripping, globe-trotting espionage thriller from critically acclaimed, prize-winning author R. J. Ellory.


'This tense, atmospheric, totally believable thriller harks back to the golden age of espionage but is also about how well we really know our friends . . . Superb' THE SUN

Stroud is a former war photographer who left the frontline before his luck ran out. His closest friend and mentor, Vincent Raphael, was not so fortunate, and was killed in an explosion in Jordan.

Six years later, Raphael is allegedly sighted in Istanbul. Reluctantly, Stroud is drawn back into a life that nearly destroyed him, and so begins a journey that takes him from the Balkans to the Netherlands, from Berlin to Paris, as he hunts down the truth of Raphael's death, or if - in fact - Raphael never existed at all . . .

With his every move closely observed by Turkish Intelligence, Mossad, MI6 and Deuxieme Bureau, Stroud is on the trail of a revelation that will question everything he has ever believed . . .


'Thriller writing of the very highest order' GUARDIAN

'In the top flight of crime writing' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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R.J. Ellory

R.J. Ellory is a critically acclaimed author whose novels include the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and won the Nouvel Observateur Crime Fiction Prize.

Ellory's novels have been translated into twenty-six languages, and he has won the USA Excellence Award for Best Mystery, the Strand Magazine Best Thriller 2009, the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for A Simple Act of Violence, the St Maur Prize, the Avignon Readers' Prize, the Livre de Poche Award and the Quebec Laureat. He has been shortlisted for a further thirteen awards in numerous countries, including four Daggers from the UK Crime Writers' Association.

Despite the American setting of his novels, Ellory is British and currently lives in England with his wife and son.

To find out more visit or follow him on Twitter @rjellory

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