'I know a secret. A secret that changes everything...'

Solomon Vine was the best of his generation, a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon.

Three months later, MI6’s Head of Station in Istanbul is abducted from his home. There are signs of a violent struggle. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man’s oldest friend: Solomon Vine.

Officially suspended, Vine can operate outside the chain of command to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that the disappearance heralds something much darker. And that there’s much more at stake than the life of a single spy…


'A splendid tale of espionage . . . an exciting entry into spy literature'
- The Times

'A supremely confident debut . . . This story is told with panache and a taste for the intricacies of craft that mark it as outstanding'
- Daily Mail

'Proof that the [spy] genre is flourishing anew in the 21st century . . . [the] plotting has an old-school, Swiss-clock precision that keeps the reader pleasurably engaged'
- The Guardian

'Truly authentic and frighteningly so . . . a remarkable thriller'
- Shots Magazine

'Calls to mind early le Carré'
- Gregg Hurwitz, No. 1 bestselling author of Orphan X

'Compelling, intense and sharply authentic'
- James Swallow, No. 1 bestselling author of Nomad

‘Compelling spy fiction'
- Michael Ridpath, bestselling author of Amnesia

'An evocative descent into the Wilderness of Mirrors'
- Jason Matthews, bestselling author of Red Sparrow

'A bang-up-to-date thriller told with old-school panache. A great read'
- Mick Herron