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A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. The explosive prequel to Casino Royale, from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.

A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. The explosive prequel to Casino Royale, from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.'

'It’s Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.'

The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time.

One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand.

It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime.

It’s time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera.

Reviews

Horowitz is a worthy successor to Ian Fleming, putting 007 back in his true domain… This New Bond is up there with the better Old Bonds… The denouement is a very fine piece of action writing… Horowitz has done splendidly.

Scotsman

A novel that feels very like a film… fast-paced, skilfully written… leaves you wanting more, and for serious Bond junkies [it] is the next fix in a long tale of addiction.

The Times

Straight away Horowitz is able to capture Fleming’s flowing style and intricate details from how Bond likes his eggs in the morning to the cars he drives... He’s just as faithfully suave as in the original novels.

Daily Express

An enjoyably compact thriller, with an absolutely killer last line.

Guardian

A timeless Bond... has all the elements of a rollicking read.

Irish Examiner

Highly enjoyable.

Metro

[Horowitz's Bond] is once again in safe hands, not departing much from Fleming’s entertaining formula... Horowitz’s light touch and smooth plotting create something close to the ideal holiday read.

Irish Examiner

Horowitz, brandishing his license to write a second Bond thriller… Horowitz stays loyal to the fabulous Fleming formula

Daily Mirror

Horowitz has produced another Bond book that is even better than Trigger Mortis… it is tremendous fun

Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

This is another great new James Bond novel from Horowitz, who’s filling the shoes of Ian Fleming with apparent ease

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781911214779

    June 15, 2018

    Jonathan Cape

    RRP $49.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781911214786

    May 31, 2018

    Jonathan Cape

    RRP $32.99

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473548398

    May 31, 2018

    Vintage Digital

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Extract

1

Killing by Numbers

‘So, 007 is dead.’

‘Yes, sir. I’m afraid so.’

M took a last, fleeting look at the photographs that lay scattered across his desk and that had been sent to him by General André Anatonin, his counterpart at the SDECE, or the Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage, in Paris. They had been taken from different angles but showed the same bleak image. A dead man, lying face down in dark, glistening water, his hands stretched out limply above his head as if in one last futile attempt at surrender. The flashbulbs from the cameras had reflected back, producing balls of brilliant light that seemed to float on the surface.

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