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Rise and Kill First

Ronen Bergman
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Ronen Bergman

'A gripping investigation of Israel's assassination policy' Sunday Times'Remarkable' Observer'Riveting' Daily Mail'Compelling' John le CarréThe Talmud says: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman - praised by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter" - offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Built from interviews with Israeli Prime Ministers as well as high-level figures in Mossad, and the country's military and intelligence services - Rise and Kill First includes never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of previously unseen files. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel's targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.

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Can you hear me?

Elena Varvello
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Elena Varvello
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A Damned Serious Business

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour

'The novel is an absorbing briefing on cyberwarfare as well as a masterclass in characterisation' SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the MonthThere is a new cold war raging and its frontline warriors are Russian hackers - gang-members working freelance for the FSB, successor to the KGB. Massive thefts of personal information, electoral interference, catastrophic disruption of commercial and social services, banks, airlines, even whole countries disabled - this is happening now.Nicknamed 'Boot' because of his obsession with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo, Edwin Coker is a case officer at the Vauxhall headquarters of MI6. When a young hacker falls into his hands and reveals details of a secret meeting, Boot conceives a daring plan to strike back - not with a computer virus of his own, but with a bomb that will seriously damage the Russian operation, spreading fear and distrust.Now Boot and his little team need a 'deniable' handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia and bring the hacker back out. They turn to Merc, an ex-soldier fighting in Iraq, a gun-for-hire who knows how to get out of a tight spot. They hope.From the moment Merc sets out to cross the River Narva things do not go to plan and when the hacker's sister becomes involved, his mission turns from tough to near impossible. The scene is set for a classic story of pursuit and evasion and an epic battle for survival.

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No Mortal Thing

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour

Two young men - Jago and Marcantonio - both studying business and finance:Jago is a kid from a rough part of London who has worked hard to get a job in a bank and is now on a fast-track secondment to the Berlin office. Marcantonio is one of the new generation in the 'Ndrangheta crime families from Calabria, Southern Italy. He is in Germany to learn how to channel their illicit millions towards legitimate businesses all over Europe. When Jago witnesses Marcantonio commit a vicious assault and the police seem uninterested, the Englishman refuses to let the matter drop. But by pursuing the gangster to his grandfather's mountain lair, Jago is stepping into the middle of a delicate surveillance operation, which sets alarm bells ringing in Rome, London and Berlin. It also leads him to Consolata, a young woman who sees in Jago the chance to turn her non-violent protest campaign against the crime families into something altogether more lethal... NO MORTAL THING is novel of relentless power and mounting suspense, a brilliant portrayal of organised crime in Europe and the under-resourced men and women who fight it.

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Archangel

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour
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Vagabond

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour

It was a dirty job in a dirty war.Danny Curnow, known in the army family by his call sign, Vagabond, ran agents, informers. Played God with their lives and their deaths, and was the best at his job - and he quit when the stress overwhelmed him.Now he lives in quiet isolation and works as a guide to tourists visiting the monuments and cemeteries of an earlier, simpler, conflict on Normandy's D-Day beaches.Until the call comes from an old boss, Bentinick.Violence in Northern Ireland is on the rise again. Weapons are needed for a new campaign. Gaby Davies of MI5, sparky and ambitious, runs the double agent Ralph Exton, who will be the supposed middle man in brokering an arms deal with a Russian contact, Timofey.The covert world of deception and betrayal was close to destroying Danny across the Irish Sea. Fifteen years later the stakes are higher, the risks greater, and there is an added agenda on the table. If he wants to survive, Danny will have to prove, to himself, that he has not softened, that he is as hard and ruthless as before.VAGABOND shows Gerald Seymour writing at the top of his powers and returning to the territory of some of his greatest bestsellers, Harry's Game, Field of Blood and The Journeyman Tailor.

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All Our Names

Dinaw Mengestu
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Dinaw Mengestu

In Uganda, two young men get caught up in a revolt against the post-colonial regime in the early 1970s. As the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart - one of them into the deepest peril. In a quiet town in the American Midwest, an exotic stranger arrives: an exchange student from Africa called Isaac. Helen, the social worker asked to help him settle in, quickly falls for him, though she soon learns to keep their affair hidden from prejudiced eyes. And she soon realises that Isaac is haunted by his mysterious past. Switching back and forth between Africa and America, this taut, searing novel blazes with insights about the physical and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives. Writing within the tradition of Naipaul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu gives us a political novel that is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, self-determination, and the names we are given and the names we earn.

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Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston
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Bret Anthony Johnston

'I love this novel' John Irving'Excellent' Sunday Times'Enthralling' New York TimesBy internationally bestselling author Bret Anthony Johnston, WINNER of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2017.What happens to a family when a lost child returns? In the four years since Justin's abduction his family has become a group of separate units, each nursing their pain and guilt. Now, when they should be at their happiest, how can they forgive each other and become a family again? A gripping literary novel with the pace of a thriller, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as a gifted storyteller.

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Condition Black

Gerald Seymour
Authors:
Gerald Seymour

The Persian Gulf, 1991. Saddam Hussein is determined that Iraq should stop at nothing to arm herself with nuclear warheads.An English scientist, struggling to make ends meet, is seduced into the conspiracy. Meanwhile, young FBI agent Bill Erlich hears that a close friend has been murdered in Athens. Vowing to avenge him at any cost, Erlich uncovers a name: Colt, a dangerous British mercenary now working for the Iraqi government.Unaware that he is the only thing standing in the way of the total collapse of the Middle Eastern military situation, Erlich follows his target to England, where he is faced with one final confrontation.

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Harry's Game

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour
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The Outsiders

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour

Winnie Monks has never forgotten - or forgiven - the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army Major turned gangster. Now, years later, she hears the Major is travelling to a villa on the Costa del Sol and she asks permission to send in a surveillance unit.They find an empty property near the Major's. The Villa Paraiso. It's perfect to spy from - and as a base for Winnie's darker, less official, plans.But it turns out that the property isn't deserted. The owners have invited a young British couple to 'house sit' while they are away.For Jonno and Posie, just embarking on a relationship, this is supposed to be a carefree break in the sun. But when the Secret Service team arrives in paradise, everything changes.

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7 Days

Deon Meyer
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Deon Meyer

I'll shoot a policeman every day until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet.Shortly after the South African Police Services receive this threatening email, a policeman is shot by a sniper and recovering alcoholic Benny Griessel is ordered to reopen the Sloet case.Hanneke Sloet was a sensual and ambitious lawyer. At the time of her murder she was working on one of the biggest Black Empowerment deals in South African history. She was found dead in her luxury Cape Town apartment, a single stab wound to her chest.After forty days, the trail has gone cold. The first investigation could find no motive and no leads, only a set of nude photographs, an ex-boyfriend with a rock-solid alibi, conniving attorneys and financial double-dealing.Benny has to deal with immense pressure from his superiors, the media and the unfathomable sniper, whose emails keep coming and who won't stop shooting. And then there's Benny's love interest, former pop sensation Alexa Barnard, who is also trying to rebuild her life after the ravages of alcohol, and Benny has to make sure she stays sober for her comeback.At the same time, Benny's feisty colleague, Captain Mbali Kaleni, is hunting the shooter, trying desperately to find what connects him to Hanneke Sloet.Both Benny and Mbali are about to endure seven days of hell.

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A Deniable Death

Gerald Seymour
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Gerald Seymour

Two men who hate each other are committed to working together on a job far more dangerous than they knew when they signed up.These men are surveillance experts, lying in a mosquito-infested Iranian marsh for days, part of a huge international operation designed to kill a celebrated maker of the roadside bombs which kill so many British soldiers.And if things to wrong, as far as Her Majesty's Government is concerned, their part in the plot is totally deniable.Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon which we rely for our everyday security - and the amazing reserves of courage which ordinary people can find in extraordinary circumstances.

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The End of the Monsoon

John Lathrop
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John Lathrop

Michael Smith, at the US embassy in Cambodia, has an urgent assignment: do what it takes to help a US oil company secure its contract with the Cambodian government before upcoming elections strengthen a Chinese competitor. His affair with Zainab, the British charge's wife, complicates events. Unaware of Smith's role, Zainab pushes hard for reform, convincing her candidate to tie oil concessions to clean government, and Chinese concessions to the release of a dissident monk. The ruling party works for the monk's release, but insists that Zainab, a Buddhist herself, travels to the remote northern border for the handover. Smith considers a British diplomat's spouse to be a protected species in Cambodia. But does she really qualify? With tension, moral complexity and an authentic feel for modern Cambodia, The End of the Monsoon is a gripping story of love and the struggle for integrity.

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The Dealer and the Dead

Gerald Seymour
Authors:
Gerald Seymour

The arms dealer betrayed them. Now the survivors want revenge.SOMETIMES, surviving a war can almost seem worse than dying in it. In a Croatian village near Vukovar, no one who survived will ever forget the night they waited for the weapons they needed to make a last-ditch fight against the advancing Serbs. The promised delivery never came, and the village was overrun. Eighteen years later, a body is unearthed from a field, and with it the identity of the arms dealer who betrayed them. Now the villagers can plot their revenge. In leafy England, arms dealer Harvey Gillott regards himself as a man of his word. There is only one blemish on his record, and that was long ago. But Gillott, his family, his friends and his enemies are about to be pitched into a sequence of events that will unfold across Europe with breath-taking drama and almost biblical power. Harvey Gillott is about to find out what happens when the hand of the past suddenly reaches out to the present - and it's holding a gun.

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Bolt Action

Charlie Charters
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Charlie Charters

Since 9/11, the door between the pilots and the passengers on an airliner must be locked and impossible to break down. But what if the pilots are dead? Tristie Merritt leads a renegade band of ex-soldiers. Their daring scam will take millions from a furious British government and give it to veterans' charities -- if MI5 don't catch up with them first. But faced with the ultimate terrorist outrage at 36,000 feet, MI5 and the CIA find that Merritt is their one hope of preventing global disaster.

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The Collaborator

Gerald Seymour
Authors:
Gerald Seymour

Deadlier than the Mafia, the Camorra never forget, and never forgive. She is an Italian accountancy student in London, and her boyfriend Eddie teaches at a language school. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother, wanted for multiple murders back home in Naples. For the Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia. Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator of the Camorra, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of the clans. When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice - to betray her own family - he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying and unpredictable series of events. The Borellis will not lose their criminal empire without a vicious fight. They will use anything and anyone to prevent her from giving evidence against them. Even Eddie, and Eddie's life.

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Harry's Game

The highlight of the week has been the arrival of the first copies of the new Harry's Game edition. I permitted a short bout of nostalgia and read the first page and the last ... and tried to remember how it would have felt - almost 40 years ago - when I wrote those lines. I am left wondering whether anyone dipping into my recent stories would realise that HARRY’S GAME and THE OUTSIDERS were written by the same individual: does an author change over the years or does his work continue for a lifetime inside the same tram lines? I'm not sure which answer I want to hear. I wrote the first words in the autumn of 1973. I was just back from the Middle East war (reporting for ITN) and the News Desk told me to take three weeks off, and stay at home. What to do with myself? I said to my wife Gill that I thought I might have a go at writing a thriller. She went to a local furniture shop and bought a pine table for £5, told me I was forbidden to smoke, set it up in our bedroom and the nest morning I typed 'Chapter One'. I had no notes and no outline and decided on Belfast because it was the city in the world that I knew best. A few weeks later I was sent to Beirut and spent a fortnight in the Phoenicia Hotel, overlooking the city's Corniche, trying for an interview with the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat. He did not return to Lebanon before the office lost patience, but I had two excellent weeks when I could hammer away on my portable and broke the back of the story. When it was finished, I took advice from the newscaster Gordon Honeycombe (a published author) and took it to his literary agent, Michael Sissons: a helter-skelter of action followed. It was sold in the UK and the States and a film deal optioned. Harry, and his undercover mission in Northern Ireland, effectively changed my life. Within a couple of years I'd realised that I could not share reporting and writing, and I left ITN. In my life I have much to be grateful for, and particular thanks go to ITN and wonderful colleagues and a super job - but Harry gave me the kick to move on and I have never regretted that decision. I hope that HARRY’S GAME will give new readers an intimation of what it was like on the streets of Belfast when the Troubles were at their height. I feel I was a witness in harrowing times, and fiction can often be a more honest and truthful medium than any archive of newspaper cuttings. I have tried to convey atmosphere and emotions and paint a picture of those days. The pine table is now in the garage and is home for a bucket of garden tools. - Gerald Seymour

Exciting Crime and Thriller books for 2014

Our editors have listed the crime and thriller books we should all be looking out for in 2014. The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver The brand spanking new Lincoln Rhyme and hugely anticipated follow-up to The Bone Collector. Trust us, it’s Deaver’s creepiest – and most exhilarating – book yet. The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah Unlock the dark side of your mind: Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah is back with a new literary mystery and a puzzle that's impossible to solve . . . The Three by Sarah Lotz Four planes crash, & only three children survive, out of hundreds of passengers. Are they lucky innocents? Or harbingers of the apocalypse? Zodiac Station by Tom Harper A bloody, exhausted man is picked up off the Arctic ice & tells a story of jealousy, secrets and murder. But can he be trusted? Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis The second Flavia Albia Falco mystery finds Albia thrown into a new mystery before she’s even had time to recover from the last one. The Fifth Season by Mons Kallentoft A new case for the brilliant female detective Malin Fors brings back memories of the one mystery she was never able to solve, and which has haunted her ever since – that of Maria Murvall, whom we met in Kallentoft’s very first novel, the Richard & Judy bestseller Midwinter Sacrifice. Now That You're Gone by Julie Corbin A new psychological suspense novel that will have you constantly looking over your shoulder and wondering, What would I do if it happened to me? Lonely Graves by Britta Bolt A new crime series set in Amsterdam, about the city’s real-life Lonely Funerals team who deal with the abandoned and unknown dead A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick YA star Marcus Sedgwick’s first book for adults –a love story, a thriller, a story of fear and truth and revenge. And it is also about the question of blood. Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant The new psychological thriller from Sabine Durrant, author of Under Your Skin. Some marriages are only perfect on the outside… Confessions by Kanae Minato The bestselling Japanese phenomenon: the story of a bereaved mother who plans to teach her daughter’s killers a lesson they’ll never forget. The One You Love by Paul Pilkington The trilogy begins when Emma Holden’s fiancé goes missing days before their wedding. Dan is missing and his brother has been beaten and left for dead. Emma can feel that someone is watching her, and a long-hidden family secret puts her relationship through the ultimate test. Paul Pilkington The Devil In The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson A compelling debut set in a debtors' prison in Georgian England. The Secret Place by Tana French The most stunning novel yet from this dazzlingly good author. Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta Michael Koryta delivers on all the promise with a masterpiece of suspense. Vagabond by Gerald Seymour A searing return to the Northern Ireland of Harry's Game and The Journeyman Tailor Plague Land by S D Sykes A sparkling debut historical novel set against the changing society and landscape of an England devastated by the Black Death.