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The Amateur Spy

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848947856

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Freeman Lockhart is working for his old friend Omar in Amman, Jordan. And spying on him too. Hoping to prevent his own secrets from ever coming to light, Freeman has agreed to report back on his friend to a clandestine agency interested in Omar’s finances. In Washington DC, meanwhile, Aliyah Rahim is spying on her husband Abbas. A brilliant doctor, Abbas is crushed by the death of their daughter, which he blames on the post-9/11 mood of hostility towards Arab-Americans, and Aliyah fears he may be planning a terrifying act of revenge. Freeman and Aliyah are pitched into the same deadly game, in which the only rules are violence and deceit.

Reviews

Dan Fesperman's novels always offer interesting and thought-provoking commentary on contemporary world events and in THE AMATEUR SPY he tackles Middle East terrorism with a story that contains a disquietingly topical element...A fine thriller to add to his impressive body of work
Susanna Yager, <i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
A gritty verisimilitude against a subtle political backdrop. The scene-setting is vivid and dramatic. Mr Fesperman is especially good on the murky frontier where journalists, aid-workers and spies trade information...He is honing the genre of intelligent political thrillers. Foreign correspondents should note: they now have some new standards to match.
<i>Economist</i>
It goes without saying that Fesperman is a master of orchestrating tension - but he is equally good at characterising his vulnerable, conflicted protagonists
<i>Daily Express</i>
Fesperman taps another timely issue in his fourth topical thriller...a superb job
<i>Publishers Weekly</i>
Fascinating ... a thought-provoking and exciting read
<i>Observer</i> on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO
An absorbing novel with some provocative commentary on America's war on terror
Susannah Yager, <i>Sunday Telegraph</i> on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO
A neat sense of conspiratorial tension...Fesperman's use of spy tradecraft is good - even creative - and never more elaborate than the situation calls for
<i>Washington Post</i> on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO
A superb spy thriller worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carré and Ken Follett...darkly imaginative...draws a dramatic portrait
<i>USA Today</i> on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO
A terrific novel of intrigue, duplicity and death in the shadow of the Khyber Pass...Fesperman is that rare journalist who is also a gifted novelist...first-rate
<i>Washington Post</i> on THE WARLORD'S SON
One of the best writers of intelligent thrillers based on contemporary events working today...observant, thoughtful, witty
<i>Baltimore Sun</i> on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO
A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event . . . an utterly compelling thriller and quite simply the best I've read all year.
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i> on THE WARLORD'S SON
Fesperman offers a level of cultural and political nuance not always found in adventure thrillers.
<i>Booklist</i> on THE WARLORD'S SON
A first-rate geopolitical yarn . . . Fesperman combines his strong eye for detail with bleak film-noir cynicism, managing to make plot twists that could have felt contrived seem depressingly believable.
<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> on THE WARLORD'S SON
Dan Fesperman has written that rare thing: a fine and intelligent novel that makes you think, and keeps you turning the pages.
Val McDermid on THE SMALL BOAT OF GREAT SORROWS
In THE WARLORD'S SON, Dan Fesperman, an American foreign correspondent who covered the war in Afghanistan, succeeds in writing a convincing, accurate thriller . . . This book is worth reading if only for the passage where the hero, Skelly, glimpses Osama bin Laden at a public hanging; the scene both convinces and frightens.
<i>The Economist</i> on THE WARLORD'S SON
Fesperman is the closest thing America has to John le Carré, a writer of great elegance and sophistication whose novels are as topical as they are compelling. In a market saturated by factory-made thrillers, Fesperman stands out as a spy novelist of the highest quality.
Charles Cumming, <i>The Week</i>