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This is the most explosive thriller of the year - you won't be able to put it down.

'Extraordinary...smart, sophisticated, suspenseful - and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North.' LEE CHILD
‘Tense and compelling.’ James Swallow, Sunday Times bestselling author of NOMAD

North Korea and the USA are on the brink of war

A young American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island.

The CIA recruits her twin sister to uncover the truth.

Now, she must go undercover in the world’s most deadly state.

Only by infiltrating the dark heart of the terrifying regime will she be able to save her sister…and herself
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Star of the North is the most explosive thriller of the year - you won't be able to put it down.

‘A superior thriller…steeped in the intrigue, culture and family of a closed regime’ Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author


'Not only brilliantly plotted, with espionage, secrecy, and obsession, it’s a story about survivors, told by three complex and fully realised characters, each battling their own personal demons.' Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of Never Let You Go

‘Brims with marvellous characters and delivers heart-in-your-throat action’ Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

‘The timeliest thriller of 2018. An intricately constructed puzzle box of spies and tradecraft’ Matthew Fitzsimmons, bestselling author of The Short Drop

Reviews

John uses three memorable primary characters to tell a remarkable story about the most opaque country on Earth: North Korea … The lives of these people collide in a harrowing thriller that exposes an amazingly corrupt regime that embraces savage brutality and nearly every kind of lucrative criminal enterprise … a superior thriller.

Booklist

The timeliest thriller of 2018. An intricately constructed puzzle box of spies and tradecraft that plunges the reader on a cyanide-laced sprint through North Korea.

Matthew Fitzsimmons, bestselling author of The Short Drop

[A] multistranded espionage thriller…told with drama and flair.

Wall Street Journal

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784708184

    January 22, 2019

    Vintage

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9781787300477

    June 15, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    448 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781473554412

    May 31, 2018

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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Extract

Prologue

Baengnyeong Island
South Korea
June 1998

The sea was calm the day Soo-min disappeared.

She was watching the boy make a fire out of driftwood. The tide was rumbling in, bringing towering clouds that were turning an ashy pink. She hadn’t seen a single boat all day and the beach was deserted. They had the world to themselves.

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