The thrilling third novel from multi-award-nominated author Adam Brookes is paranoid, tense spy fiction at its very finest.

Meet Pearl Tao: an American girl with a lethal secret.

Pearl longs for the life of a normal American teenager: summers at the pool, friends, backyard barbecues in the Washington DC suburbs. But she is different.

Her gift for mathematics means overprotective parents and college sponsorship from a secretive technology corporation. And now, aged nineteen, she is beginning to understand what her parents intend for her. The terrifying role she is to play.

Her only hope of escape lies with two sidelined and discredited spies: Trish Patterson and Philip Mangan. Finding out the truth about Pearl will be the biggest mission they’ll ever undertake.

“Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal.” — Charles Cumming

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"Riveting and accomplished."—The Sunday Times (UK)
"A tense spy thriller of the highest order."—Irish Independent
"Another top bit of work from a man who's inching further ahead in the spy thriller stakes."—Sunday Sport (UK)
"The plot is thick with intrigue and espionage and is as good a spy novel as any you will read."—Chris High
"This would make a superb television spy drama. I really didn't want it to end. A terrific heart-thumping spy thriller."—Northern Crime Reviews
"Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal."—Charles Cumming on Spy Games
"Pulsing with power and danger."—New York Times on Night Heron
"A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year."—Kirkus (starred review) on Spy Games
"The must-read thriller of the year."—NPR Books on Night Heron
"Brookes shows that his impressive debut was no fluke, and readers will look forward to Mangan's next adventure."—Publishers Weekly on Spy Games
"[Adam Brookes] does an excellent job of keeping the action moving and the tension high, making Spy Games a difficult book to put down.... Brookes has separated himself from the pack: I've read a lot of very good China books by excellent journalists, but I've never before stayed up far too late on a work night to finish one, unwilling to go to sleep until I knew how it ended."—Los Angeles Review of Books on Spy Games
"A classic spy thriller packed with tension and detail, brilliantly paced."—Peter James on Night Heron
"A rich, can't-put-it-down thriller... terrific."—Joseph Kanon on Spy Games
"Outstanding."—Washington Post on Night Heron
"One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years."—Kirkus on Night Heron
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