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The Stranger

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13th August 2020

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529324297

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‘Conway . . . has devised one of the greatest villains in 21st Century spy literature’ Sunday Times

‘A brilliant and unpredictable climax’ Times thriller of the year 2020

‘Top echelon, adrenalin-pumping entertainment all the way’ Irish Independent

‘The sense of danger is deep and unsettling’ Financial Times


ISIS can’t control him.

MI6 can’t find him.

But he’s coming…

Things change quickly in the world of espionage and clandestine operations. Jude Lyon of MI6 remembers the captured terrorist bomb-maker. He watched him being flown off to Syria, back when Syria was ‘friendly’. No-one expected him to survive interrogation there.

Yet the man is alive and someone has broken him out of jail.

Bad news for the former foreign secretary who authorised his rendition. And Jude’s boss Queen Bee who knew he wasn’t a terrorist at all, but an innocent bystander. Now she calls Jude back from a dangerously enjoyable mission involving a Russian diplomat’s wife.

He has a new job: close down this embarrassment. Fast.

But embarrassment is only the beginning. Someone is using the former prisoner to front a new and unspeakably terrifying campaign. Someone not even ISIS can control.

He is like a rumour, a myth, a whisper on the desert wind. But he is real and he is coming for us . . .

He is the genius known only as . . .

The Stranger.

From the corridors of Westminster to the refugee camps of Jordan, the back streets of East London to the badlands of Iraq, The Stranger is a nerve-shredding journey of suspense as Jude Lyon pieces together the shape of an implacable horror coming towards him – and a conspiracy of lies behind him.


Jon Snow
A story SO strong, you suspect it MUST be true! The Stranger renders Simon Conway one of the 21st century's masters of the thriller genre
Michael Jecks
Probably my favourite book of the year . . . a fabulous thriller, full on, remarkable and ingenious. If you don't read it, you're missing out big time!
Sunday Times Crime Club
The plot delivers chilling terrorist action and plenty of surprises
Michael Ridpath
All the ingredients of a classic spy thriller, expertly executed. Heart-pounding stuff
Misha Glenny, author of McMafia
A novel with visceral thrills and the grand chess of international espionage. Throw in a hero and an anti-hero for our times, and you have one of the best thrillers of recent years
Rowan Somerville, author of Beat
It seems wrong somehow that events so terrible should be so enjoyable. It's testament to Conway's skill as a writer and his experience of conflict that this novel is so bloody thrilling
The National
Top echelon adrenaline-pumping entertainment all the way
The i
Conway is the master of the modern thriller . . . A taut, tight tale of divided loyalties
Chris Brookmyre
A white-knuckle ride to hell and back delivered with exhilarating authenticity
Robert McCrum
Sharp, topical, contemporary and full of great action
Allan Little, BBC special correspondent and Chairman of the Edinburgh Book Festival
This book puts Simon Conway into the top flight of thriller writers probing the darker corners of the 'war on terror'
James Owen, The Times (Saturday Review)
Skilfully balancing elements of the action thriller with a deeper look at the war in Syria and its refugee crisis, Simon Conway deserves to be a bigger name in the spy firmament.
Irish Independent
Top echelon, adrenalin-pumping entertainment all the way
The Financial Times
The sense of danger is deep and unsettling
Sunday Mail
a bit of Homeland, a touch of Spooks and an undercurrent of The Thick Of It
Peterborough Telegraph
Conway doesn't just talk the talk, he's walked minefields in war zones making them safe . . . this story of terror plots and British agents charged with stopping them reeks of authenticity
The Sunday Times
Conway . . . has devised one of the greatest villains in 21st Century spy literature