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A rich, atmospheric WWII thriller from the award-winning author of Moskva and Nightfall Berlin

An unlikely spy.

July 1940. As Britain braces itself for invasion, ex-Tommy and safecracker Bill O’Hagan is glad to have escaped the battlefield. But when a job goes wrong, he finds himself forced to serve his country once more.

A former king.
Spurned by his government and fearing for his life, the Duke of Windsor flees to Portugal with the woman for whom he abdicated the throne, Wallis Simpson. As a web of Nazi trickery threatens to ensnare him, his fate and the fate of Britain rest on one man.

The fate of a nation in their hands.
Dropped on an occupied Channel Island without backup, Bill must crack an enemy safe and get its contents to safety. Failure will devastate any hope Britain has of winning the war.

But with the layers of deception and intrigue drawing ever more tightly around them, Bill and the Duke both learn they aren’t the only players in this game. And Berlin – which has the Duke in its own sights – is plotting its greatest move yet . . .

Jack Grimwood matches Robert Harris, Joseph Kanon, Ken Follett and John le Carré thrill for thrill in this breath-taking WWII story of atmospheric suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue, set in the tense depths of Britain’s Darkest Hour.

Praise for Jack Grimwood

‘A fine book . . . for those who enjoy vintage le Carré’ Ian Rankin

‘Grimwood is a damned fine writer’ Independent

‘The new le Carré . . . an absolutely brilliant page turner . . . if you love thrillers, Jack Grimwood is a name you need to remember’ BBC Radio 2 The Sara Cox Show

‘A master stylist’ Michael Marshall

© Jack Grimwood 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Intricately plotted, rip-roaring World War Two adventure – proper heroes, proper villains, royal intrigue and grounded in real history

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  • Matches Robert Harris, Joseph Kanon, Ken Follett and John le Carré thrill for thrill in this breath-taking WWII story of atmospheric suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue, set in the tense depths of Britain’s Darkest Hour

    What's On Glasgow
  • Triumphant… The synthesis of real and fictitious characters is handled with panache by the talented Grimwood

    Financial Times
  • Top-notch . . . the suspense never wavers

    Crimetime
  • Highly entertaining . . . The plot is splendidly complicated. Like most good adventure novels set in recognizable history, Grimwood offers readers an enticing “what if?”

    Scotsman
  • Fact and fiction merge in a rip-roaring yarn. Excellent

    Sun

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