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Summary

Courageous hero or cold-blooded criminal? Tonight we find out.

It's 14 years after the worst terrorist atrocity in UK history, and, with the perpetrators either dead or missing, the motive remains a mystery. But Dr Ralph Teller, a wealthy industrialist who lost his wife in the attack, never gave up hope of justice. He thinks he knows the real identity of the mastermind responsible.

Only one person can help him put together the final pieces of the puzzle - retired police officer Chris Sketty, who infiltrated the terrorist group and was wounded trying to prevent the attack. But Cleverly thinks Sketty is a liar...and possibly far worse. He has a dossier on all the former cop's dark secrets and will make them public unless Sketty tells the truth.

So, over one night, Sketty will share his brutal tale of betrayal, ruthlessness and corruption, finishing with a revelation so terrifying and unexpected that it will change everything. Is Sketty a brave hero, crippled in the line of duty, or the most ruthless mass murderer the country has ever seen?

With the suffocating suspense of Line of Duty and gasping twists of The Usual Suspects, this is a dizzying thriller that keeps you guessing until the very last minute.

©2021 Simon Kernick (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"Great plots, great characters, great action." (Lee Child)

"Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal." (Harlan Coben)

"An absolute master of the adrenaline-fuelled ride." (Peter James)

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Not one of his best books

I'm a big fan of Simon kernick, have read all his books, but this one was a bit to far fetched, the ending left me feeling let down .

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Brilliant

Great listen - keeps you all the way to the end
Fan of Simon Kernick anyway but this was first audiobook and it’s a cracker

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can't understand the bad reviews about this book.

Simon Kernick at least close to his best, I loved this book
Once again a brilliant performance from Paul Thornley and a fantastic story written to keep you guessing throughout. 5 stars from me

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Very good

This is one of Kernicks best stories. Keeps you gripped right to the end. I couldn’t stop listening.

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Kernick at his best

I've always enjoyed Simons books and this one keeps his great story telling going a great listen
Also Paul Thornley is one of my favorite narrators thanks look forward to the next one

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Disjointed

Found the story dragged, and kept wishing for it to end. Most enjoyable bit was where Angus King did the narration, a joy as usual. I even found myself skipping chapters, the story was so poor. Disappointing compared to most of Kernick's books.

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A gritty and exciting mystery tour!

I feel Simon Kernick is back to his best with this novel.
Fast paced, intriguing and with characters you care about, despite the fact he doesn’t waste a single word in superfluous descriptions.
The storyline was part of the white-knuckle ride too. It took twists and turns that the reader/listener only realises when they are in them.
I loved it.
Paul Thornley’s delivery and performance is perfect for the story, the characters and the pace, from full speed ahead to melancholy meandering though and back again almost as though someone took control of your own mind process for a while.
Gritty and exciting mystery tour!

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Brilliant

I have been missing Tina Boyd in Simon’s more recent books. This book does a great job of introducing some new characters and potential for on going plot. Really enjoyed listening to it.

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Back on track.....

Great to hear the sound of Paul Thornley delivering a great Kernick story again.
Reminiscent of earlier characters.