Major Tom Fox is despatched to East Berlin to bring home a traitor who defected to escape justice. But it's clear that there's more at stake than an old man wanting to return home to face the music. Powerful forces on both sides of the Iron Curtain stand to lose if the defector is given his day in court. Fox soon finds that in the upside-down world of Cold War Berlin he's operating alone in the enemy's backyard, unsure of who he can trust. And if Fox is going to succeed in his mission, let alone escape with his life, he will need to draw on skills learned during a past he's trying to forget . . .
Mesmerising, surefooted, vividly realised . . . something special in the arena of international thrillers * Financial Times * A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist -- Michael Marshall * author of The Straw Men * Even better than Child 44 . . . A blizzard of exciting set pieces, superbly realized * Daily Telegraph * Grimwood is a damned fine writer * Independent * The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting * SciFi Now * Conjures up the city so vividly that you can almost touch the place * SFX *
Jack Grimwood, a.k.a. Jon Courtenay Grimwood, was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from novels, he writes for national newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Independent and Guardian. Jon is two-time winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel, with Felaheen and then End of the World Blues. His literary novel, The Last Banquet, published under the name Jonathan Grimwood, was shortlisted for Le Prix Montesquieu 2015. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker. Nightfall Berlin is his second thriller.