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The Stranger: A Times Thriller of the Year

Simon Conway

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Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

For all fans of great thrillers, of authors such as James Swallow, Frank Gardner, Terry Hayes, John le Carre, The Stranger sweeps us onward at white-knuckle pace, riding alongside a killer from our deepest nightmares and in Jude Lyon, an MI6 agent who is both ruthless and vulnerable - a new hero for a new decade.

The new novel from the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award-winning author of A Loyal Spy

ISIS can't control him.

MI6 can't find him.

But he's coming...

Things change quickly in the world of espionage and clandestine operations. Jude Lyon of MI6 remembers the captured terrorist bomb-maker. He watched him being flown off to Syria, back when Syria was 'friendly'. No-one expected him to survive interrogation there.

Yet the man is alive and someone has broken him out of jail.

Bad news for the former foreign secretary who authorised his rendition. And Jude's boss Queen Bee who knew he wasn't a terrorist at all, but an innocent bystander. Now she calls Jude back from a dangerously enjoyable mission involving a Russian diplomat's wife.

He has a new job: close down this embarrassment. Fast.

But embarrassment is only the beginning. Someone is using the former prisoner to front a new and unspeakably terrifying campaign. Someone not even ISIS can control.

He is like a rumour, a myth, a whisper on the desert wind. But he is real and he is coming for us ...

He is the genius known only as ...

The Stranger.

From the corridors of Westminster to the refugee camps of Jordan, the back streets of East London to the badlands of Iraq, The Stranger is a nerve-shredding journey of suspense as Jude Lyon pieces together the shape of an implacable horror coming towards him - and a conspiracy of lies behind him.

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Praise for The Stranger: A Times Thriller of the Year

  • Top echelon, adrenalin-pumping entertainment all the way - Irish Independent

  • The sense of danger is deep and unsettling - The Financial Times

  • Skilfully balancing elements of the action thriller with a deeper look at the war in Syria and its refugee crisis, Simon Conway deserves to be a bigger name in the spy firmament. - James Owen, The Times (Saturday Review)

  • a bit of Homeland, a touch of Spooks and an undercurrent of The Thick Of It - Sunday Mail

  • A story SO strong, you suspect it MUST be true! The Stranger renders Simon Conway one of the 21st century's masters of the thriller genre - Jon Snow

  • Probably my favourite book of the year . . . a fabulous thriller, full on, remarkable and ingenious. If you don't read it, you're missing out big time! - Michael Jecks

  • The plot delivers chilling terrorist action and plenty of surprises - Sunday Times Crime Club

  • All the ingredients of a classic spy thriller, expertly executed. Heart-pounding stuff - Michael Ridpath

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Simon Conway

Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker. He has cleared landmines and the other debris of war across the world. As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs.

He is a director at The HALO Trust, coordinating the charity's response to the urbanisation of warfare and growing use of improvised explosive devices.

He lives in Glasgow with his wife the journalist and broadcaster Sarah Smith. He has two daughters.

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 and follow Simon on Twitter @simongconway and Instagram @simongconway

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