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A classic Ian Rankin from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
‘No one in Britain writes better crime novels today’ Evening Standard

‘Ian Rankin is perhaps the best and most complex thriller writer in Britain today’ Daily Telegraph

Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors, nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to Miles. He doesn’t lust after promotion, and he doesn’t want action. He wants, just for once, not to botch a case. Having lost one suspect – with horrific consequences – Miles becomes too involved with another, a young Irish woman. His marriage seems ready to crumble to dust. So does his home.

But Miles is given one last chance for redemption – a trip to Belfast, which quickly becomes a flight of terror, murder and shocking discoveries. But can the voyeur survive in a world of violent action?

Reviews

Ian Rankin is perhaps the best and most complex thriller writer in Britain today
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Britain's No.1 crime writer
DAILY MIRROR
An addictive writer ... a remarkable talent
SPECTATOR
Rankin is the thinking man's thriller writer
IRISH TIMES
Rankin is a master of his craft
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY