“This is a galloping good read that held my attention to the end. Some familiar tropes – stolen isotopes, Mossad kidnappings, torture by sinister Texans – but cleverly interwoven with some nice domestic touches for anyone familiar with the author’s home territory of Ealing, west London, and his passions (also evident in his previous novel Bear in the Woods, featuring the same slightly flakey protagonist) for opera, walking in the great outdoors, film, and American history. Refreshingly literate, as one would expect from a former Director of the BBFC, but also pacey and well-constructed, it maintains tension and delivers one or two unflagged surprises. Thoroughly enjoyable!”

“Well-defined characters, a pacy narrative, one dramatic episode coming fast upon another, plenty of derring-do and moving on, and surprises in the resolution.”

“Having been delighted to discover a fresh new novelist when I stumbled upon Bear In The Woods I wondered if Robin Duval could maintain momentum with his second … I needn’t have worried. His hero, Bryn, comes back with the now-familiar mixture of inquiry and bewilderment in a novel of skilful construction that is well crafted but above all up-to-the-minute. If you haven’t … Give this one a read – you will enjoy.”

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