The new pulse-pounding thriller from the 2010 winner of the CWA Steel Dagger Award.
As science develops more and more sophisticated military hardware, inevitably it has also turned to the genetic 'enhancement' of military personnel. Scottish former police protection officer Harriet 'Harry' Armstrong discovers the body of a beautiful young woman outside the home of a powerful US Senator. Detective Michael Freeman knows this case means pressure - pressure to close the case quickly, pressure to keep the Senator out of it, pressure from his ambitious wife not to rock the political boat. But Harry and Freeman have both become involved in a conspiracy that is impossible to walk away from. What is the Senator's link to a shady genetic engineering company? Why does MI6 want Harry to take a job with the company's founder?
Vivid and atmospheric from its opening lines, ROCK CREEK PARK sweeps us into a fantastic yet fully realized world, fusing the political thriller with a murder mystery as enthralling as it is complex. Replete with engaging characters and engrossing scenes, this is one novel where the pages seem to turn themselves. Simon Conway is a serious talent. - Richard North Patterson
A terrific read. ROCK CREEK PARK does for Washington what Gorky Park did for Moscow. Bring in the readers, scare the tourists. - Matt Frei, Channel 4 New Correspondent
With ROCK CREEK PARK, Simon Conway has succeeded where many longtime Washington D.C. writers have failed: he has delivered a bristling, stomach-knotting Beltway murder drama in which the capital city's timeless connivances are expertly captured. This is Conway's best and most imaginative book yet. - Robert Draper
As a writer with an apartment overlooking Rock Creek Park, I can testify to the dead-on accuracy of Simon Conway's portrayal. As a veteran Washington journalist, I can attest to his perfect-pitch rendition of the smug insider world of DC power players. And as a lover of thrillers, I can confess that I was hooked (or, more accurately, addicted) from the moment the first body popped up in Rock Creek Park. - Walter Shapiro, Washington, D.C. correspondent
A genetic hybrid of police procedural, political thriller, Michael
Simon Conway was born in California in 1967, educated in Britain and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He served in the British army with the Black Watch and the Queen's Own Highlanders.
After leaving the military he worked for The HALO Trust clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Eritrea and Sri Lanka. As Director of Landmine Action he ran projects in Western Sahara and Guinea Bissau as well as successfully campaigning for an international treaty to ban cluster bombs.
Simon Conway lives in London with his wife the Channel Four News Correspondent Sarah Smith.
A LOYAL SPY, his third novel, won the 2010 CWA Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the year.
Visit Simon Conway's website at www.simonconwaybooks.com and follow Simon on Twitter @simongconway