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Launch Code

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'Hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking, Launch Code brings to mind the classic thrillers of Alister Maclean and Jack Higgins. A well-crafted ingenious mystery, tightly plotted, compelling and contemporary, this could well be Michael Ridpath's best novel yet.' - Stav Sherez, author of the Carrigan & Miller series

1983: Three hundred feet beneath the Atlantic, submarine Lieutenant Bill Guth receives the order he's been dreading: a full nuclear strike against the USSR. Crisis is soon averted, but in the chaos that follows, one crew member ends up dead...

2019: Bill's annual family gathering is interrupted when a historian turns up, eager to uncover the truth about the near-apocalyptic Cold War incident. Bill refuses to answer, but that night the man is brutally murdered.

What happened all those years ago? How much is Bill to blame for events in the past? And who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets of 1983 where they belong?

'Deadly state secrets and deadlier family secrets - perfectly crafted, scrupulously researched Launch Code weaves an ingeniously dark and tangled web that will keep you gripped and guessing to the very end. Ridpath is one of the best thriller writers around.' - Craig Russell, author of The Devil Aspect
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 155 x 240 x 30mm | 612g
  • Corvus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1786496992
  • 9781786496997
  • 23,628

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Could it happen? Did it happen? Launch Code, is in equal parts, a gripping, terrifying, and compelling read. Don't miss it! * Mystery People * Ridpath is a singular writer and a brave one, because he takes his novels to so many different places, each immaculately researched. * Frances Fyfield, author of Gold Digger * Launch Code is seamlessly smart and horribly convincing. Ridpath shifts effortlessly between the paranoid claustrophobia of Cold War subs and the resonances of nuclear near-disaster in the present day, telling a tale that kept me gripped and guessing to the very end. An effortless slice of storytelling from one of the genre's deftest exponents. * Tom Chatfield, author of This is Gomorrah * Deadly state secrets and deadlier family secrets - perfectly crafted, scrupulously researched Launch Code weaves an ingeniously dark and tangled web that will keep you gripped and guessing to the very end. Ridpath is one of the best thriller writers around. * Craig Russell, author of The Devil Aspect * Taut, gripping and relevant - the secret history of a narrowly-avoided nuclear Armageddon form the background to this classic thriller. * William Ryan, author of A House of Ghosts * Hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking, Launch Code brings to mind the classic thrillers of Alister Maclean and Jack Higgins. A well-crafted ingenious mystery, tightly plotted, compelling and contemporary, this could well be Michael Ridpath's best novel yet. * Stav Sherez, author of the Carrigan & Miller series * Ridpath has that read-on factor that sets bestsellers apart. * Guardian *
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About Michael Ridpath

Michael Ridpath spent eight years as a bond trader in the City before giving up his job to write full time. He lives in north London with his wife and three children. Visit his website at www.michaelridpath.com.
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