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A Shadow Intelligence

A Shadow Intelligence


Oliver Harris is always pure quality and I’m loving the hell out of his foray into the contemporary spy novel’ Ian Rankin


The intelligence service puts two years and over £100k into the training of new field officers. You’re shown how to steal cars, strip weapons, hack bank accounts. There are courses on the use of blackmail and improvised explosives, two workshops solely dedicated to navigating by the stars. But nothing about what I had heard one old spy call whiplash. No one tells you how to go home.

There is a dark side to MI6 that needs men like Elliot Kane – mercurial, inquisitive, free floating. He’s spent fifteen years managing events overseas that never make the papers, deniable and deeply effective. Kane is a ghost in his own life, picking up and dropping personalities as each new cover story comes into play. But when a woman he loves, Joanna Lake, vanishes without a trace in Kazakhstan, he is forced centre stage.

Drawn ever deeper into a realm of deception, Kane moves from merely infiltrating events to steering them. He’s used to a new mode of hybrid psychological warfare – but snowbound Kazakhstan presents unique challenges. Poised between China, Russia and the West, dictatorship and democracy, state intelligence and an increasingly powerful world of private agencies, it’s impossible to work out who is manipulating who. And Kane’s not the only one trying to figure out where Joanna Lake has gone or what she learned before disappearing.

Unable to trust anyone, hunted by his own colleagues, and with the life of someone he loves at stake, Kane needs to work out who is driving events, and why…
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

On Sale: 2nd May 2019

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781408709900

Reviews

Harris has a rare ability to combine storytelling that has a freewheeling, improvisatory feel with a plot that has been long hours in the concocting... [Belsey] is fast becoming the best anti-hero in British crime fiction
Irish Independent, praise for House of Fame
A fast-paced thriller that is also nuanced and evocative...hats off to Harris, who has, once again, managed it with style and authority
Laura Wilson, Guardian, praise for House of Fame
Elliot Kane is highly-trained MI6 spook. So highly-trained that he's pretty much forgotten who the hell he really is after years of false identities and subterfuge...In a deadly world of deception by just about every nasty state, and that includes his own, he's truly up against it in this complex thriller that keeps you on your toes throughout
Sunday Sport, four stars
Thrills, spills and fine writing
Daily Telegraph, praise for The Hollow Man
Heaven, I'm in heaven... n fact, I'm in Hampstead, where Detective Nick Belsey is based, and he's the coolest cop you'll have come across in ages. London through his eyes is as atmospheric as a drawing by Gustave Doré...This demands to be read before the television adaptation
Kate Saunders, praise for Deep Shelter
Relentless...explosive
Daily Mail, praise for Deep Shelter
Elliot Kane needs his wits about him to keep track of his own identities and those of fellow MI6 agent Joanna, who he's looking for in Kazakhstan. The binary simplicity of the Cold War has been replaced by a geopolitical Rubik's cube of corruption, nationalism, oil money and internet deceit. Tremendous evocation of modern Kazakhstan and the contemporary intelligence landscape. Scary if true, or even half true.
Sunday Times Crime Club, star pick
[Belsey has] got to be London's coolest cop... Harris has plundered London's underworld for his richly plotted and unusual detective series... It's heady stuff
Daily Mail, praise for The Hollow Man
A gripping, fast-moving and intelligent novel from new spy fiction star Oliver Harris which will leave readers wanting a lot more Elliot Kane adventures
Irish Independent
A twisting spiral of lies and corruption, a pitch-perfect portrait of contemporary London and a beguiling bastard of a hero
Val McDermid, praise for The Hollow Man
Oliver Harris is always pure quality and I'm loving the hell out of his foray into the contemporary spy novel. Elegant and compulsive
Ian Rankin
Meticulously plotted, with a delirious, haunted, paranoid atmosphere. Belsey is an irresistible mixture of the reliable and the reckless, laconic and tightly wound... Harris writes beautifully... Imbued with an uncommon subtlety and intelligence, House of Fame is a superb novel
Irish Times, praise for House of Fame
Non-stop activity is exhaustingly gripping, and Oliver Harris is punchy and perceptive
The Times, praise for The House of Fame
An intelligent and thoroughly researched spy-procedural giving razor-sharp insight into the particular challenges of 21st-century espionage
Big Issue
Makes the capital as eerie as Le Carré's Berlin
Evening Standard, praise for Deep Shelter
Harris has a terrific sense of place, hurtling between the wealthiest and most-run-down areas of London... The plot unfolds in a chilling and totally unexpected direction
Joan Smith, Sunday Times, praise for The House of Fame