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  • Published: 20 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780593072295
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $32.99

A Treachery of Spies

The Sunday Times Thriller of the Month




A Treachery of Spiesis an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way.

A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way.An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders. To find answers in the present Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim's youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged between occupiers and occupied, deals were done and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades, but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way - and who will kill to keep their secrets safe...

  • Published: 20 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780593072295
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Manda Scott

Over the past two decades Manda Scott has brought iconic historical figures back to life, reimagined and re-booted for the twenty-first century. Her crime novels have been shortlisted for many awards including Hen's Teeth for the Orange Prize and No Good Deed for an Edgar Award. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.

Manda’s bestselling Boudica series was recently optioned for television.

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Praise for A Treachery of Spies

Superb . . . a blend of historical imagination and storytelling verve reminiscent of Robert Harris.

The Sunday Times

A Treachery of Spies is the equal of Charlotte Gray in its insights into the period and, I would say, beats it for sheer excitement… one of the most gripping spy stories I have ever read.

Jake Kerridge, S Magazine

This book opened up and swallowed me whole - the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. It's the most exciting, involving thriller I've read in an age, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Mick Herron

[Scott's] writing is as commanding as ever

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated - but fiercely suspenseful - thriller.

Lee Child

The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you’ll find this year.

Simon Mayo

Ingeniously plotted and wonderfully written.

Antonia Senior, The Times

A fast-moving tightly-wrought thriller. The destination is in fact as unexpected as it’s satisfying - and very thought-provoking.

Robert Goddard

A Treachery of Spies is a masterclass in thriller-writing. It is a heart-racing, heart-wrenching read, conceived with passion and executed with frightening skill. An awe-inspiring achievement.

Giles Kristian

This is how you write a prologue. And the rest is exquisite too. A brutally brilliant and extremely clever novel of espionage, heroism, love and betrayal. Bravo.

Anna Mazzola

Through Scott's deeply compelling, deeply damaged characters - police officers, spies, saboteurs, wartime resisters - we witness the desperate moral complexity of wartime covert operations. But then Scott does something more: she shows us those complexities reflected and remade for our own era. Scott writes with such precision, control and understatement, it's impossible to look away.

Adam Brookes, author of the Night Heron trilogy

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