The Reluctant Contact
By Stephen Burke
Soviet spies, secret assignations and suspected murder lie at the heart of the new novel from Stephen Burke.
The Svalbard archipelago, 1977, Norwegian territory, yet closer to the north pole. Russian engineer Yuri arrives on the last boat to the Soviet mining outpost of Pyramiden, as the Arctic sun disappears for the winter. Yuri still plays by Stalin-era rules: Don't trust anyone; Keep your head down; Look after number one. Yet when a co-worker is found dead deep in the mine, the circumstances appear strange. Against his better judgement, Yuri breaks his own rules, and decides to investigate. At the same time, he begins a stormy love affair with the volatile, brooding Anya. She has come to Pyramiden to meet someone who has not shown himself in three months, if he exists at all. While the whole island is frozen in twenty-four-hour darkness, Yuri enters a dangerous world of secrets and conflicting agendas, where even the people closest to you are not always what they seem.
Born and raised in Dublin, Stephen Burke's first novel, The Good Italian was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Historical Writers Association Debut Fiction award. A screenwriter and director, his first feature film was Happy Ever Afters, starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins. A father of three children, he lives and works between Ireland and Italy.
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07 Sep 2017
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Hodder & Stoughton
Burke has created an unusual tale of intrigue and adventure, set in as barren and remote a location as can be imagined, and has pulled it off with considerable style and panache. — Irish Independent
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I thought I knew where it was going but there was a delicious twist I didn't see coming . . . I think this will prove to be one of my favourite books of 2017. — The Art of Danger
A terrific thriller . . . masterfully handled — The Digital Fix
A must read — Janie Phillips, Chrishighreviews