Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt : A Jack Harvey Novel

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Interpol have tried and failed to find her. Now the combined forces of Scotland Yard and MI5 must try the impossible to prevent a major international incident. Dominic Elder carries her autograph wherever he goes. Witch is his passion, his obsession. And being retired is no bar to his willingness to restart the hunt. MI5 know that the man who wrote the Witch file is the key to catching their quarry. But the truth isn't easy to spot. And it is only when an MI5 novice and his French counterpart piece together the smallest of clues, that Witch suddenly looks vulnerable ...show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 111.76 x 172.72 x 38.1mm | 272.15g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752842897
  • 9780752842899

About Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for 'Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews and Edinburgh. A contributor to BBC2's 'Newsnight Review', he also presented his own TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts'. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.show more

Review Text

Rankin cuts to the chase in this thriller where the goodies rather unfairly outnumber the baddies by six to one. And this is a beautiful but sadistic girl assassin - goodness knows what Rebus would make of it all. Fans of the genre will certainly not be disappointed and readers who are only familiar with Rankin's crime series will also enjoy the tension and deft characterization displayed here by their favourite author. Dominic Elder is a retired spy catcher but when the mysterious young woman, code-named Witch, resurfaces after a silence of two years, he cannot resist leaving his Welsh cottage to come back and master-mind the operation. Witch must be tracked down before she perpetrates another horrifying act of destruction. He is helped by his stern female boss, two special branch officers and a rather unlikely pair of enthusiastic but inexperienced agents, one a French girl, the other a young man who reminds him very much of his former self. The action is very fast, shifting repeatedly from location to location and giving first one character's viewpoint then another's. This multiplicity makes for a slightly cluttered story but Rankin knows what he is doing and keeps the reader turning the pages until the last twist of the plot. A great book for a winter weekend. (Kirkus UK)show more

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