A tense and twisting espionage thriller involving state secrets, lethal assassins and the threat of a new Cold War…
Trauma surgeon Carrie Walker is taken aback when her estranged uncle, a senior Russian naval officer, makes contact, claiming to have explosive information, which he is offering to share with the West.
She travels undercover to Moscow to meet him, but when the operation goes catastrophically wrong, she finds herself stranded and on the run. The one person she can trust is her former fiancé Rake Ozenna. What does Carrie have that is so important and can Rake reach her before her enemies and before high-profile military exercises off the Norwegian coast trigger a global catastrophe?
Humphrey Hawksley’s MAN ON EDGE is reminiscent of the very best Cold War fiction, filled with intrigue, double-dealing, and ingenious political intrigue. Hawksley’s hero, Rake Ozenna, is smart and tough, and we’re glad to have him on our side. Well written, fast-paced, and cleverly-plotted page-turner.
Nelson de Mille
The scene-setting is vivid, the geopolitics a balanced backdrop
Adam LeBor, Financial Times
A hard-as-nails hero, an out-of-the-ordinary location, and oodles of high-action encounter—it’s everything readers want in a political thriller
David Keymer, Library Journal
Gripping and addictive, successful at every level
San Francisco Review of Books
A multilayered tale with plenty of fast-paced action will hook thriller fans
Can Rake and his allies possibly cut through the fog of triple-crosses and alliances of convenience….The pace is furious, the casualty list breathtaking.
An up-to-the-minute-, page-turning spy thriller with the atmosphere of a Cold War classic
Charles Cummings, New York Times bestselling author
A chilling and all-too-plausible scenario. Hawksley knows his stuff
Antony Johnston, creator of Atomic Blonde
Hawksley’s knowledge is amazing. This is world class suspense.
Odd Harald Hague, Arctic explorer and best-selling author of The Great Bear
The best thriller writer we have
Hawksley is a master at ramping up the tension; then turning the screw a little more …. Rake Ozenna is proving to be one of the more believable characters in a crowded field
Adam Colclough, Shots Crime and Thriller Ezine
Quality research and sense of place.
In conversation with BBC Five Live’s Rhod Sharp:
When foreign correspondents come off the road, or slow down, they have a lot of stories to tell. Not so many make the transition as successfully as our next guest, following in a distinguished line of BBC people who turned to fiction, most notably Eric Blair, who wrote as George Orwell, and Frederick Forsyth who was a sub editor in BBC TV News. For the BBC Humphrey Hawksley covered civil wars in the Balkans and Sri Lanka, from whence he was expelled for upsetting the government with his reporting and in 1994 he opened the BBC’s first TV bureau in Beijing. Our conversation began with his new novel Man on Edge set in the tense region of Arctic Europe where the borders of Finland, Norway and Russia run together.