Brookes's riveting and accomplished novel brings to an end his globetrotting trilogy centred on Mangan; hopefully whatever he does next will also be espionage fiction, a genre where Brookes's background as a China correspondent gives him a significant advantage over his peers.
Another bit of top work from a man who's inching further ahead in the spy thriller stakes.
The plot is thick with intrigue and espionage and is as good a spy novel as any you will read.
The final instalment of Brookes' Mangan trilogy secures its status as a classic. (50 Best Books of 2017)
Gripping . . . nail-bitingly tense
In the tradition of Graham Greene, the book is a work of deep moral reckoning and a gripping thriller. That Brookes makes the darkest challenges his spy faces utterly believable is a testament to his skill as a novelist.
Blends a deep understanding of realpolitik with a sophisticated literary sensibility. For once, comparisons to John le Carre are fully warranted.