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Thriller & Noir


Simon Conway


Hodder & Stoughton



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Estonian, French, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Spanish


Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker. He has cleared landmines and the other debris of war across the world. As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs. He is currently working as Director of Capability for The HALO Trust, coordinating the charity's response to the urbanization of warfare and growing use of improvised explosive devices. He lives in Glasgow with his wife the journa...





ISIS can’t control him. MI6 can’t find him. But he’s coming…Things change quickly in the world of espionage and clandestine operations. Jude Lyon of MI6 remembers the captured terrorist bomb-maker. He watched him being flown off to Syria, back when Syria was ‘friendly’. No-one expected him to survive interrogation there. Yet the man is alive and someone has broken him out of jail. Bad news for the former foreign secretary who authorised his rendition. And Jude’s boss Queen Bee who knew he wasn’t a terrorist at all, but an innocent bystander. Now she calls Jude back from a dangerously enjoyable mission involving a Russian diplomat’s wife. He has a new job: close down this embarrassment. Fast. But embarrassment is only the beginning. Someone is using the former prisoner to front a new and unspeakably terrifying campaign. Someone not even ISIS can control. He is like a rumour, a myth, a whisper on the desert wind. But he is real and he is coming for us … He is the genius known only as … The Stranger.


"The Best New Thrillers for August 2020"  - Jeremy Duns ,The Times 20-07-2020  "A story SO strong, you suspect it MUST be true! The Stranger renders Simon Conway one of the 21st century's masters of the thriller genre" -Jon Snow "Probably my favourite book of the year . . . a fabulous thriller, full on, remarkable and ingenious. If you don't read it, you're missing out big time!"  -Michael Jecks