London, 1956. The body of a Royal navy diver floats near a Russian battleship in Portsmouth, giving every excuse for both sides to refreeze the Cold War.
Named by the Daily Telegraph as one of 'Fifty Crime Writers to Read Before You Die' and selected by Time magazine as one of 'Six Detective Series to Savour,' Lawton's work has earned him comparisons to John le Carre and Alan Furst. Lawton lives in a remote hilltop village in Derbyshire.
This is a strange, thoughtful, quiet, intelligent spellbinder of a
book, penetrating the very heart of betrayal. * Sunday Times *
An early candidate for Thumping Good Thriller of the Year . . . No angst, no darkness, just the joy of a plot racing along in overdrive. * Time Out *
A splash of Greene, a twist of Deighton, a small measure of history - Lawton has produced a thrilling cocktail. * The Times *