Down Among the Dead Men

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9780025485204: Down Among the Dead Men

NEPAL, 1978

High in the Himalayas, a renegade Chinese agent is brutally murdered while trying to reach the British Embassy in Kathmandu. A Triad revenge killing? Or does the mutilated corpse point to sinister espionage activity that might set the powder-keg of South East Asia ablaze? SIS China-watcher David Nairn sends vulnerable Ruth Ash to investigate. In Hong Kong she mistrusts the loyalty of station chief Benjamin Foo. But, threatened by danger at every turn, Ruth uncovers an ugly trail of deception and violence snaking back through fifty war-torn years - and forward to the most terrifying clash yet between China and the enemies at her gates . . .

Hurtling from Hong Kong and Bangkok to London and Vienna, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN is the spectacular debut of a major international thriller writer – and a sensational novel of action and betrayal.

“Fine first novel . . . sinuously sinister.” - THE SCOTSMAN

“Superbly captured exotic Far East backgrounds and an array of spooks who seem very real indeed – a cracking debut.” - YORKSHIRE POST

“A rich variety of credible characters, a plot that really hums along and descriptions of far away places that make you reach for travel brochures. All the signs of a future winner.” - TED ALLBEURY

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Before taking up writing, Michael Hartland spent twenty years travelling widely in Europe and the Far East as a diplomat, then working in counter-terrorism and for the United Nations. He draws on this experience to describe the secret world of espionage with insight and great authenticity. His series of five espionage novels published in the 1980s and 90s established him as one of the leading thriller writers in Britain and the United States. They have been translated into twenty-seven European languages and Japanese – and remain among the most iconic, chilling and gripping spy novels ever published. Michael Hartland and his family live in Devon where, after a long gap, he is working on a new project inspired by contemporary Islamic terrorism.

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