Luke Hamilton, a junior air intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris, appears to have luck on his side. Mysteriously orphaned in England as an infant, he was nurtured by a kind nun, Sister Agnes, and later adopted by a caring, wealthy couple. Now, the year is 1937, and, in Paris, Luke thrives amid the climate of intrigue, caused by the looming international trouble. Luke is taken off guard, however, when word reaches him that Sister Agnes has been brutally murdered. Before Luke has a chance to leave for the funeral, he finds himself hotly pursued as the target of an assassination attempt.
A clear case of mistaken identity-or so it first appears.
In this lightning-paced historical thriller, Mark Mills transports readers to a continent sliding towards war. As Luke is hunted from Paris to Venice by relentless, cunning killers, he gradually comes to learn the reason he is being pursued lies deep in a past that predates his abandonment as a baby on the steps of the orphanage...to an act of revenge gone wrong twenty-five years ago.
"A grand adventure, in the tradition of Graham Greene's 'entertainments,' and John Buchan's before that." - Joseph Finder, New York Times bestseller author
"The best novel I read this year. Where Dead Men Meet is an exhilarating and hair-raising charge through pre-war Europe... A powerful tale of revenge, love, and self-discovery." - Mark Pryor, author of The Paris Librarian
"..[A]n elegantly plotted mystery...Superb period drama."
-The Sunday Mirror (UK)
"Reminiscent of Eric Ambler's brilliant thrillers of the 1930s...close to matching him in page-turning readability."
-The Sunday Times (UK)
THE AMERICAN BOY BY ANDREW TAYLOR:
England, 1819: Thomas Shield, a new master at a school near London, is tutor to a young American boy and the boy’s sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. When a brutal crime is committed he finds himself at the heart of a labyrinthine mystery – a tangle of sex, money, murder and lies from which he cannot escape. And what of the strange American boy at the centre of these macabre events – what is the secret of the boy named Edgar Allan Poe?
THE SAVAGE GARDEN BY MARK MILLS:
Italy, 1958. Arriving at the Docci family home, young scholar Adam Strickland finds the family, their house and its unique garden as seductive as each other. But post-War Italy is still a strange, even dangerous place, and the Doccis have some dark skeletons hidden away which Adam finds himself compelled to investigate. Before long, he will uncover two stories of love, revenge and murder, separated by 400 years... but is another tragedy about to be added to the villa's cursed past?
THE RIGHTEOUS MEN BY SAM BOURNE:
A series of killings in every corner of the globe cannot possibly be connected. That's the instinct of Will Monroe, rookie reporter for The New York Times – until his beautiful wife Beth is kidnapped. Desperate, Will follows a trail that leads to a mysterious cult right on his own doorstep. With more murders by the hour, he must now unravel the prophecies buried deep in the Bible until he finds a secret worth killing for, a secret on which the fate of humanity may depend.
On the face of it, her death was accidental, but deputy police chief Tom Hollis - an incomer from New York - is convinced the truth lies in the intricate histories and family secrets of Amagansett's inhabitants. Meanwhile the enigmatic Labarde is pursuing his own investigation.
No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.
There are not many successful entrepreneurs who will enthusiastically break off in the middle of a multi-million pound deal to have a huge snowball fight in the car park with their finance director.
But then Mark Mills is not just any successful entrepreneur. Whether organising one of his infamous Summer Christmas parties, flying to New York to find a new business idea or staying up all night to celebrate a successful deal, Mark Mills has always believed in the absolute importance of having fun in business. And not just for him, but for his employees, customers and suppliers too.
His brilliantly unique approach has more than paid off. Mark's infectious enthusiasm, relentless energy, can-do approach and spirit of adventure have powered him to the very pinnacle of entrepreneurial success, both in his own businesses and by helping others to do the same in theirs. Over the years he has won countless Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and been asked to give speeches at prestigious events around the world about his achievements.
Making Your Mark tells the fascinating and entertaining story of Mark’s extraordinary success in business, from selling broken biscuits at the age of 8, through his early years selling everything from payphones to post boxes, to his outstanding success creating Cardpoint, the cash machine business he founded at the age of 29 which at its peak was valued at £170 million.
But just as importantly, it also tells the story of Mark's disasters along the way, about the times when things went badly wrong and when failure was more often the outcome than success.
Along the way Mark shares his unique Golden Rules on how to achieve your own success in business, from learning how to think like an entrepreneur to creating a great business model, from understanding how to build a strong team to learning how to communicate effectively.
A return to the period adventure thriller in Where Dead Men Meet reestablishes Mark Mills as a master storyteller for fans of William Boyd, Charles Cumming, or Robert Harris.
Paris, 1937. Luke Hamilton-a junior air intelligence officer at the British Embassy-finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. A clear case of mistaken identity-or so it first appears. As Luke is hunted across a continent sliding toward war, he comes to learn that the answers lie deep in a past that predates his abandonment as a baby on the steps of an orphanage twenty-five years ago.
From the author of the bestselling The Savage Garden, and set against a terrific backdrop of Europe on the cusp of the Second World War, this is a compelling novel, rich in adventure, espionage, secrets, and lies.