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