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Mark Mills, bestselling author of Amagansett, The Savage Garden, and The Information Officer, is rewned for blending riveting history, rich atmosphere, and thrilling suspense. Now, in House of the Hunted, Mills deftly unfolds a story of betrayal, love, and the inescapable pull of the past as an ex-spy finds himself drawn back into his treacherous former life. Cote d Azur, France, 1935: As Europe moves inexorably toward war, Tom Nash feels pleasantly removed, pursuing a quiet writing career on an idyllic stretch of the French Riveria. A former intelligence operative for the British government, Tom w finds refuge among the lively seaside community of expats and artists, hoping to put the worst deeds from his job and memories of the woman he once loved far behind him. But Tom s peaceful existence is shattered when an unkwn hit man tries to kill him in his sleep. Tom is sure that somebody kws his secrets, and that this attempt on his life won t be the last. Relying on his instincts for self-preservation, Tom suspects everyone of double-dealing, even people he considers his friends: the Russian art dealers from Paris, the exiled German dissidents, even his former boss and closest confidant. And as he plunges further into his haunted past, Tom feels himself turning into the person he used to be a dangerous man, capable of anything. Combining vividly drawn characters and gripping acts of espionage, House of the Hunted is a superbly crafted vel by an exceptional and versatile storyteller. Praise for House of the Hunted Suspenseful and romantic . . . reminiscent of some of the best spy vels of the past. CNN A wild-fire hybrid of John le Carre and Ernest Hemingway . . . an excellent read for those who enjoy both espionage and literary thrillers. Bookreporter [Mark] Mills is a polished stylist with a singular talent for capturing the defining moment when something precious is about to be lost forever. The New York Times Book Review This is bloody brilliant. . . . A masterpiece of espionage fiction that fully thrills, while evoking a time and place with the assurance of Alan Furst s forays into prewar Europe. This vel is beautifully crafted, breathless, and immensely satisfying. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tourist and The Nearest Exit Explosive . . . a terse, carefully plotted journey [that will] have you guessing until the very end. Oprah.com Mesmerizing . . . [Mills s] best work in an already accomplished career. The Independent From the Hardcover edition.
Mark Mills is a screenwriter and the author of The Information Officer, The Savage Garden, and Amagansett. His first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, and The Savage Garden was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children. From the Hardcover edition.