A Loyal Spy

A Thriller

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About The Book

Winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, a Contemporary Spy Thriller for Fans of Brad Thor and John Le Carré.

The last time Jonah saw Nor ed-Din, he was lying face-down in a pool of icy water in the Khyber Pass. He thought he had killed him, but now the trail of betrayal has come full circle.

Friends since childhood, Jonah and Nor ed-Din had been groomed for the intelligence service, with Jonah as handler for Nor's penetration of ISI. But when Nor is cut loose after the Soviets are forced to withdraw from Afghanistan, the pattern of engagement and abandonment begins. Years later, when contact with Nor is revived to stage an off-the-books, multi-agency assassination attempt on Bin Laden that goes badly wrong, Jonah no longer knows who Nor is really working for—and whether he has simply taken revenge on his former countrymen in a private act of jihad.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the failed operation comes back to haunt its survivors, sowing mistrust when they most need CIA support. For, gradually, the outlines of a plot begin to emerge that takes Nor from the diamond fields of Africa to the mountains of Afghanistan and to the beating heart of London, where millions of lives are at stake.

About The Author

Simon Conway is the author of The Agent Runner. Born in California in 1967, he studied English literature at the University of Edinburgh and served in a Highland regiment of the British army. Since leaving the military he has worked for the HALO Trust clearing land mines and explosive remnants of war around the world, most recently in Syria. As co-chair of the global Cluster Munition Coalition, he successfully campaigned for the 2008 international treaty that banned cluster bombs. He resides in Scotland with his wife.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Arcade (May 2018)
  • Length: 408 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628728248

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“Stunning . . . With its complex characters and plot, this thriller feels as if the author has channeled his considerable powers through le Carré by way of Tolstoy, and yet it remains uniquely his own.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A nonstop adventure . . . Every person who is engaged by authors such as Brad Thor will love Simon Conway’s ability to pen the perfect spy story that stays with you long after the tale is over.”—Suspense Magazine

"There is much to admire in this thoughtful thriller."—Booklist

"Sprawling, violent, and contemporary, with whiffs of authenticity that lift it above the crowd." —Spectator

"Complex and detailed . . . A credible, and wholly cynical, tale of dirt, death, and double-dealing, of déraciné anti-heroes for whom perpetual conflict has become both lifeblood and poison." —The Times (London)

"Written by someone who has clearly spent time in the company of the Taliban, accuracy seeps out of every page. . . . fueled by a furious Tom Clancy-style narrative drive." —Daily Mail
"Simon Conway boldly illustrates the anarchy of 'asymmetric warfare.'" —Daily Telegraph

"A Loyal Spy is full of the elements that make a thriller such a joy. Simon has . . . a facility for believable scenes, for convoluted plotting that would confuse Le Carré, and a marvelous range of characters."—Shots

"A Loyal Spy has incredibly well-drawn characters, evocative descriptive passages, and a superbly balanced narrative structure—the twists are unexpected but convincing and the final extended sequence is truly nail-biting. Terrific!"—Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

“Stunning . . . With its complex characters and plot, this thriller feels as if the author has channeled his considerable powers through le Carré by way of Tolstoy, and yet it remains uniquely his own.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A nonstop adventure . . . Every person who is engaged by authors such as Brad Thor will love Simon Conway’s ability to pen the perfect spy story that stays with you long after the tale is over.”—Suspense Magazine

"There is much to admire in this thoughtful thriller."—Booklist

"Sprawling, violent, and contemporary, with whiffs of authenticity that lift it above the crowd." —Spectator

"Complex and detailed . . . A credible, and wholly cynical, tale of dirt, death, and double-dealing, of déraciné anti-heroes for whom perpetual conflict has become both lifeblood and poison." —The Times (London)

"Written by someone who has clearly spent time in the company of the Taliban, accuracy seeps out of every page. . . . fueled by a furious Tom Clancy-style narrative drive." —Daily Mail
"Simon Conway boldly illustrates the anarchy of 'asymmetric warfare.'" —Daily Telegraph

"A Loyal Spy is full of the elements that make a thriller such a joy. Simon has . . . a facility for believable scenes, for convoluted plotting that would confuse Le Carré, and a marvelous range of characters."—Shots

"A Loyal Spy has incredibly well-drawn characters, evocative descriptive passages, and a superbly balanced narrative structure—the twists are unexpected but convincing and the final extended sequence is truly nail-biting. Terrific!"—Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

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