The Amateur Spy
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.
- Paperback | 448 pages
- 128 x 192 x 32mm | 299.37g
- 02 Apr 2009
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Hodder Paperback
- London, United Kingdom
About Dan Fesperman
Dan Fesperman, a war correspondent for the Baltimore Sun Times, has written five highly acclaimed novels of international suspense, including THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO which won the 2006 Hammett Prize awarded by the International Association of Crime Writers. Dan Fesperman also won the CWA John Creasey Award for best debut crime novel for LIE IN THE DARK in 1999 and his second novel, THE SMALL BOAT OF GREAT SORROWS, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller in 2003. He lives in Baltimore with his family.
Fesperman is the closest thing America has to John le Carre, 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, The Week * 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. * The Economist 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 * 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. * Entertainment Weekly on THE WARLORD'S SON * Fesperman offers a level of cultural and political nuance not always found in adventure thrillers. * Booklist on THE WARLORD'S SON * 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. * Sunday Telegraph on THE WARLORD'S SON * One of the best writers of intelligent thrillers based on contemporary events working today...observant, thoughtful, witty * Baltimore Sun 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 * Washington Post on THE WARLORD'S SON * A superb spy thriller worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carre and Ken Follett...darkly imaginative...draws a dramatic portrait * USA Today 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 * Washington Post on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO * An absorbing novel with some provocative commentary on America's war on terror * Susannah Yager, Sunday Telegraph on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO * Fascinating ... a thought-provoking and exciting read * Observer on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO * Fesperman taps another timely issue in his fourth topical thriller...a superb job * Publishers Weekly * It goes without saying that Fesperman is a master of orchestrating tension - but he is equally good at characterising his vulnerable, conflicted protagonists * Daily Express * 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. * Economist * 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, Sunday Telegraph *
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, Sunday Telegraph