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?
New York Post Required Reading Best Books choice:
Gripping and addictive, successful at every level
San Francisco Review of Books
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
Man On Edge aptly showcases author Humphrey Hawksley’s genuine flair for narrative storytelling
Midwest Book Review
The scene-setting is vivid, the geopolitics a balanced backdrop
Adam LeBor, Financial Times
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
Fantastic suspense and intensity
Bobby Jo, Top Shelf
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
Rooted in the complexities of our contemporary political landscape
Nikki Erlick, BookTrib
Quality research and sense of place.
Fast-paced and kept me glued to its pages
Ana Tafur, Red Carpet Crash
Humphrey’s MAN ON EDGE interview with Top Shelf Magazine
It’s satisfying that the idea of creating an unusual character from a little-known setting is gaining traction. In this second book, Man on Edge, reviewers are beginning to talk about the role of Rake Ozenna as much as the story itself. It’s a crowded market out there, and I’m forever grateful to my publisher for seeing the potential and the team of people from editors to publicists to booksellers to readers for helping grow the idea and keep it alive. […]
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.