‘One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelist’ The Times
Sairey Ellis’s father is writing his memoirs. As an ex-security man whose life work has been in Africa, his revelations will be explosive, blowing the lid off British and Kenyan support for Idi Amin, and exposing the degree of unofficial British connivance in Rhodesian sanctions-busting. He must be persuaded not to publish.
This complex thriller from the acclaimed Reginald Hill takes a cool and pitiless look at the role of the security service, and its effect on the individuals, both innocent and knowing, who become caught up in it. Gripping, assured and perceptive in its psychology, here is a chillingly convincing portrait of the repercussions of a life of espionage.
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‘Celebrated for putting a spin on the classic murder mystery’
London Review of Books
‘So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder’
Sairey Ellis's father is writing his memoirs. His career in the security service has provided him with the ammunition for some explosive revelations about Britain's secret links with the brutal regime of Idi Amin, and unofficial British connivance in Rhodesian sanctions busting. But there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent him from publishing…
This complex thriller from the acclaimed Reginald Hill takes a cool look at the role of a pitiless security service that punishes the guilty and innocent alike. Gripping, assured and perceptive, here is a chillingly convincing portrait of the nightmarish repercussions of a life spent in espionage.
“Hill is an absorbing, provoctaive novelist with great style and humour”
FRANCES FYFIELD, 'Observer'
“Hill, a true master, never fails to shock and surprise”
IAN RANKIN, ' Scotland on Sunday'
FIRST PUBLISHED AS A PATRICK RUELL NOVEL
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1997. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006510655