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Reluctant teenage superspy Alex Rider is useful to the national security services in ways an adult could never be. Now they require his help once again: for a routine reconnaissance mission at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. But before long, Alex finds himself caught up in a terrifying chain of events that leads from the Chinese Triad gangs in London to an undercover assignment on Cayo Esqueleto - Skeleton Key - Cuba. There, Alex begins to make chilling links between several suspicious deaths, an illegal nuclear weapons deal and the plans of his host, Russian General Sarov, for the future of the world. Alex faces his most dangerous challenge yet. Alone, equipped only with a handful of cleverly concealed devices, he must outwit the coldly insane Sarov...or die.
Anthony Horowitz is an extremely popular and prolific author. His books include Groosham Grange and its sequel The Unholy Grail; Granny; The Switch; The Devil and his Boy; the Diamond Brothers trilogy: The Falcon's Malteser, South by South East and Public Enemy Number Two; and the bestselling Stormbreaker, nominated for the 2001 Children's Book Award, and its sequel Point Blanc. Among his many TV credits are Murder Most Horrid, Midsomer Murders, Poirot and Murder in Mind. He is married with two children and lives in north London.
Winner of Red House Children's Book Award: Older Readers 2003 and Red House Children's Book Award: Overall Winner 2003. Short-listed for WH Smith Book Awards (Children's Book of the Year) 2003.