'Two novels have established Andrew Williams as an outstanding writer of the historical thriller or spy story. The Poison Tide will only enhance his reputation. It is very good indeed . . . Compelling and smoothly engineered . . .You will be lucky if you come upon a more engrossing and enjoyable historical thriller this year. Or perhaps next year'
'A first-class thriller . . . possesses a richess of characterisation and intelligence that few can match'
'A cracking read, a thriller that has heft . . . powerful and forthright'
'Williams is establishing himself as the master of this historical thriller in which real-life events and characters are given a fictional twist or gloss'
'This is a very satisfying thriller on many levels. Above all, it's an intelligent thriller: brilliantly researched, superbly crafted and . . . well written'
'Williams' knowledge of the time, combined with a talent for storytelling, means his historical thrillers are compelling and extremely enjoyable. Williams skilfully creates a character that is honest, ruthless and flawed . . . The Poison Tide is a thoroughly enjoyable read'
'I really enjoyed this very exciting but fast-paced thriller, with intricately researched details . . . I was gripped until the final page. Well recommended'
'This fine novel fuses fiction with real-life First World War events . . . It's multi-layered and gripping'
Praise for Andrew Williams: 'Williams contrives an appealing blend of Doctor Zhivago, Conrad's Under Western Eyes and Boris Akunin's 19th-century crime fiction. His ability to bring a past world to life matches Furst's'
'This is a dense, meaty affair which pulls off the trick of gripping the reader and bringing a complicated, alien world to life'
'He blends historical fact and fiction in a vivid recreation of the world of The Idiot and Crime and Punishment'
'Elegantly serpentine plotting and finely etched characters confirm his place in the front rank of the new English thriller writers'
'A very accomplished novel which can be enjoyed as a gripping and moving thriller. Yet it is more than that, for it invites us to reflect on questions of morality, and on that age-old question of when, if ever, violent means may be held to justify worthy ends; whether, indeed, such ends can ever be achieved if the means are inescapably criminal'
'Andrew Williams takes us very convincingly into the world of idealistic terrorists . . . The atmosphere of time and place is finely realised and the plot is compelling. Best of all, however, is the moral discrimination with which Williams presents his terrorists to us, showing how high ideals may be corrupted by whatever is perceived to be necessary'
'Exciting . . . an important book for devotees of the spy story'
'A gripping thriller set in a world of treachery'