Tundra: John Purkiss Book 4

Tim Stevens

John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher, returns in his most dangerous mission yet...

A retired British Intelligence operative, Frank Wyatt, has surfaced as a research scientist at a remote outpost in the bleak, inhospitable tundra of north-eastern Siberia. But there’s strong evidence that Wyatt was a double agent working for the Soviet KGB and its successor organisation, the FSB... so what is he doing at Yarkovsky Station? John Purkiss is sent to investigate. 

In the guise of a journalist, Purkiss arrives at the research station and finds himself among an eccentric group of personnel, many of whom appear to be harbouring secrets. His attempts to delve more deeply are met with increasing degrees of suspicion, hostility and outright obstruction. And during a field excursion into the tundra, an attempt is made on Purkiss’s life. 

When a member of the station’s personnel is brutally murdered, and the communication links with the outside world are sabotaged, Purkiss and the rest of the staff are trapped hundeds of miles from human contact, in an atmosphere of growing mistrust, intrigue and danger. After more killings, and with a deadly team of Russian military closing in on the station with orders to terminate both its operations and its personnel, Purkiss is forced to confront not only his human enemies, but also the terrible, primal power of the tundra itself... 

TUNDRA is the fourth thriller in the the highly acclaimed John Purkiss series, which began with RATCATCHER and continued with DELIVERING CALIBAN and JOKERMAN.  

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About the author

 Tim Stevens was born in England and grew up in Johannesburg. He lives near London with his wife and daughters, and works as a doctor in the National Health Service.

His debut novel is the acclaimed thriller RATCATCHER, featuring the hunter of rogue spies John Purkiss. Two further Purkiss thrillers, DELIVERING CALIBAN and JOKERMAN, are also available. Another series, with former assassin Martin Calvary, began with SEVERANCE KILL and continues with ANNIHILATION MYTHS.

Tim is the author of the suspense thriller OMEGA DOG, as well as the short espionage novel REUNION.

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Tim Stevens
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Jun 4, 2014
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
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Purkiss’s job is to track down rogue elements within British intelligence. Summoned to Amsterdam to investigate a cryptic message about one such agent, Darius Pope, Purkiss quickly discovers he’s facing an opponent of unusual ingenuity – and capable of extreme violence. Within hours Pope has disappeared, and two CIA agents are dead. 

In Virginia, a young musician, Nina Ramirez, finds herself haunted by watchers, men who seem to be stalking her at every turn. Are the watchers genuine, or products of her increasingly troubled mind? 

As the body count rises, Purkiss pursues Pope to the eastern United States, striving to stop him while avoiding a potentially disastrous political confrontation between the CIA and British Intelligence. But Purkiss is faced with two questions. Why is Pope systematically murdering CIA agents? And who will be next? 

With assistance from an unexpected source, Purkiss discovers he’s in a race against time before Pope’s and Nina’s destinies converge in New York City. Something he’ll be able to prevent only by uncovering the secret of a monstrous, fifteen-year-old Honduran operation known as Caliban… 

Darker, harder-edged and more terrifying than Ratcatcher, Delivering Caliban confronts John Purkiss in ways – physically, emotionally, and morally – he’s never yet experienced. 

(Espionage, spy, series, CIA, black ops, medical experimentation, suspense, mystery, conspiracy, revenge, vengeance, vigilante, assassination, terrorism, British)


Two years after the explosive events of OMEGA DOG, Joe Venn, Marine and former Chicago police lieutenant, is heading up the New York Police Department’s elite Division of Special Projects. His job is to investigate crimes of a sensitive, political nature. 

While conducting a sting operation to bring down a corrupt landlord with council connections, Venn discovers all is not as it seems. Why has a drug dealer associated with the landlord been shot dead - moments after Venn learned of his existence? And why are Venn’s attempts to investigate the matter further being blocked from on high? 

Danny Clune is an amateur rock music historian from England, touring the United States for research purposes. He’s also a liar, a thief, and on the run from Diego Salazar, the most powerful drug baron in Mexico. 

And he’s in way over his head... 

Venn’s and Clune’s paths collide in New York, and after a series of violent encounters, Venn realizes that in order to get to the bottom of the conspiracy that’s unfolding, he and his sidekicks are going to have to go off the grid. 

Which means putting themselves beyond the reach of the law... and in the way of a narcotics cartel so ruthless, it will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. 

As events hurtle toward a terrifying climax in South Texas, Venn finds himself having to rely on his wits, on his desperate determination to see the mission through... and on the help of a kid he can never entirely trust. 

Tim Stevens is the author of the highly acclaimed thrillers RATCATCHER, DELIVERING CALIBAN, JOKERMAN, SEVERANCE KILL, ANNIHILATION MYTHS and TUNDRA.  

(Crime, thriller, pulp, police procedural, private detective, private investigator, espionage, spy, action, adventure, hard boiled, noir, conspiracy, suspense, medical, FBI, CIA, organized crime, mafia, mobster, assassin, assassination, hitman, revenge, vengeance, drug war)

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