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  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099539766
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99


A breakneck, knuckle-whitening thriller, written with absolute brilliance - pooh to the Man Booker judges if this is not on the shortlist - Kate Saunders, The Times

Bob Winrush was a freight dog, flying consignments of goods and sometimes people to all the corners of the world.Until, one day, he walked away from a deal that didn't smell right - something a 'freight dog’ should never do.

Now working as a private pilot for an Emirate prince in Dubai, he finds that moment of refusal catching up with him. Caught between those who want to find out more and those who want to cover their traces, he becomes a marked man, and flees to a remote Scottish island. Pursued by both armed assassins and a ruinous, bitter divorce, he struggles to re-fashion himself in this barren, beautiful place, taking on another identity.

But back in the world of smuggled AK-47s and heroin, the stakes are rising. Even in the furthest Hebrides his past catches up with him, and the predators are closing in.

  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099539766
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, appeared in 1992 and he has published two books of stories and ten further novels, most recently Missing Fay (2017), and six poetry collections.


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Praise for Flight

A brilliant plotting, mesmerising read

Penelope Lively, Guardian

Nail-biting to the end

Good Book Guide

A gripping thriller from its first sentence…. Thorpe is a craftsman as well as an artist, and the book is well put together, with respect for the genre. Like William Boyd, Thorpe is a thorough professional. Thorpe convincingly portrays a world in which the means of communication have shrunk the world and made privacy hard to secure


Flight blends an unlikely cocktail of genres with great success – think 007 as a middle-aged dad you’re halfway there


In Flight's slick plot and its testosterone-fuelled characters, Thorpe has found a fresh way of looking at corruption and betrayal, and the sticky web that is flung across the world, connecting drug and arms dealers, and all shades of mortals in between


A zingy page-turner

Daily Telegraph

This book is so much better written than most thrillers that it's almost ridiculous

Financial Times

Keeps things fizzing along

Lesley McDowell, Glasgow Sunday Herald

An excellently plotted book boosted by some fine writing

Sunday Business Post

Thorpe’s skill is with sharply observed characters… Taut and compelling

James Urquhart, Financial Times

A well-written and exciting Boy’s Own tale for adults

Victoria Clark, The Lady