House of the Hunted: A Novel

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Mark Mills, bestselling author of Amagansett, The Savage Garden, and The Information Officer, is renowned for blending riveting history, rich atmosphere, and thrilling suspense. Now, in House of the Hunted, Mills deftly unfolds a story of betrayal, love, and the inescapable pull of the past as an ex-spy finds himself drawn back into his treacherous former life.
 
Côte d’Azur, France, 1935: As Europe moves inexorably toward war, Tom Nash feels pleasantly removed, pursuing a quiet writing career on an idyllic stretch of the French Riveria. A former intelligence operative for the British government, Tom now finds refuge among the lively seaside community of expats and artists, hoping to put the worst deeds from his job—and memories of the woman he once loved—far behind him. But Tom’s peaceful existence is shattered when an unknown hit man tries to kill him in his sleep. Tom is sure that somebody knows his secrets, and that this attempt on his life won’t be the last.
 
Relying on his instincts for self-preservation, Tom suspects everyone of double-dealing, even people he considers his friends: the Russian art dealers from Paris, the exiled German dissidents, even his former boss and closest confidant. And as he plunges further into his haunted past, Tom feels himself turning into the person he used to be—a dangerous man, capable of anything.  
 
Combining vividly drawn characters and gripping acts of espionage, House of the Hunted is a superbly crafted novel by an exceptional and versatile storyteller.

Praise for House of the Hunted
 
“Suspenseful and romantic . . . reminiscent of some of the best spy novels of the past.”—CNN
 
“A wild-fire hybrid of John le Carré and Ernest Hemingway . . . an excellent read for those who enjoy both espionage and literary thrillers.”—Bookreporter
 
“[Mark] Mills is a polished stylist with a singular talent for capturing the defining moment when something precious is about to be lost forever.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“This is bloody brilliant. . . . A masterpiece of espionage fiction that fully thrills, while evoking a time and place with the assurance of Alan Furst’s forays into prewar Europe. This novel is beautifully crafted, breathless, and immensely satisfying.”—Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tourist and The Nearest Exit
 
“Explosive . . . a terse, carefully plotted journey [that will] have you guessing until the very end.”—Oprah.com
 
“Mesmerizing . . . [Mills’s] best work in an already accomplished career.”—The Independent


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About the author

Mark Mills is a screenwriter and the author of The Information Officer, The Savage Garden, and Amagansett. His first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, and The Savage Garden was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.


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Random House
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Published on
Apr 3, 2012
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9780679644248
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English
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Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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The award-winning author of The Information Officer and The Savage Garden returns with a riveting, stylish thriller set in Europe, on the cusp of the World War Two.

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)

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