Praise for Spy  Game

'This is an informed thriller, authentic and vividly written, set in a now almost forgotten conflict that helped to shape our modern world.'
- Adam LeBor, Financial Times Read Review

'A first-rate tale, with all the authority of first-hand experience.'
- Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve series.


The Monkey House:
Absolutely first-rate…shocking enough to steal the breath and bruise the heart…Too good to miss. — Literary Review

This Green Land:
This is a grim, intelligent and unusual thriller, with a plot that cuts disturbingly to the bone. — Mail On Sunday.

A Hostile Place:
A brilliant performance with a fierce, uncosy intelligence setting off the fireworks. — Philip Oakes, writing in The Literary Review.

White Boys Don’t Cry:
Part thriller, part political history, this is mainly a psychological portrait of a spy…a powerful novel — The Times.

Eric Ambler, Herman Charles Bosman, John le Carre, Philip Caputo, Martin Cruz Smith, Len Deighton, Elena Ferrante, Gustave Flaubert, Graham Greene, Vasily Grossman, Ernest Hemingway, Denis Johnson, Ted Lewis, Val McDermid, Andrew O’Hagan, Norman Rush, Goliarda Sapienza, Georges Simenon, Leo Tolstoy


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During the Cold War John was for a time a ‘contract labourer’ for the Secret Intelligence Service in the role of head agent and this forms the basis of his latest novel, Spy Game. All told, John has lived or worked in 40 countries as a journalist and covered a dozen wars. For 20 years he was employed by Reuters as a correspondent and editor with postings in Hong Kong, Delhi, Beirut, Nicosia, Cairo and London. John lives in Scotland.

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