The very best Thriller and Crime fiction writers in England and Wales

Greatest Political Thriller, Crime and Thriller writers in England and Wales available in paperback, large print, ebook and audiobook.

There are many superb fiction thriller writers from England and Wales – they are very talented and have great plots and styles.

Here I mention but a few of these upcoming authors to entice you.

Great suspense novels and writers include:

Raising Skinny Elephants by Dave Lewis

Love Story, With Murders by Harry Bingham

iCommand by Dave Lewis

The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox

No Way Out by Cara Hunter

The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson

Evans Above by Rhys Bowen

Hear Me Talking to You by David Craig 

Simeon’s Bride by Alison G. Taylor

Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

Don’t Cry For Me Aberystwyth by Malcolm Pryce

The Saundersfoot Suicides by Andrew Peters

Text me from your Graveby Pamela Cartlidge

Peeper by S.J. Smith

The Prince of Wales by John Williams

See Glass by Ido Graf

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being In Aberystwyth by Malcolm Pryce

Raw Material by J.J. Marsh

Five Pubs, Two Bars and a Nightclub by John Williams

The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

Long Way Home by Eva Dolan

Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey

Dead People by Ewart Hutton

Last Tango in Aberystwyth by Malcolm Pryce

Need You Dead by Peter James

Good People by Ewart Hutton

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce

Complicit by Gillian Hamer

Crimson Shore by Gillian Hamer

False Lights by Gillian Hamer

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Killing Pool by Kevin Sampson

Down to the Woods by M J Arlidge

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Charter by Gillian Hamer

From Aberystwyth with Love by Malcolm Pryce

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

The Barry Island Murders by Andrew Peters

The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still by Malcolm Pryce

Wild People by Ewart Hutton       

Cardiff Dead by John Williams

The Chinese Sailor by Allan Jones

Behold A Pale Horse by Sally Spedding

Sympathy for the Devil by Howard Marks

The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

These great crime thrillers and many other mystery and suspense writers are available in bookstore n towns and cities such as:

The Kill List Novel by Frederick Forsyth
The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

Axminster, Aylesbury, Aylsham Alsager, Alston, Alton, Altrincham, Amble, Ambleside, Amersham, Amesbury, Ampthill, Andover, Inverness, Stirling, Bangor, Cardiff, Newport, St David’s, Swansea, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Appledore, Beccles, Beckenham, Bedale, Bedford, Bedlington, Bedworth, Beer, Beeston, Belper, Berkeley, Berkhamsted, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Beverley, Bewdley, Bexhill-on-Sea, Bicester, Biddulph, Bideford, Biggleswade, Billericay, Billingham, Bilston, Bingham, Bingley, Birchwood, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Apsley, Arlesey, Arnold, Arundel, Ascot, Ashbourne, Ashburton, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashford (Kent), Bacup, Blaydon, Bletchley, Bloxwich, Blyth, Bodmin, Bognor Regis, Bollington, Bolsover, Bolton, Bootle, Bordon, Borehamwood, Boroughbridge, Boston, Bourne, Bournemouth, Bovey Tracey, Bowness-on-Windermere, Brackley, Backworth, Baildon, Bakewell, Baldock, Banbury, Banstead, Barking, Barnard Castle, Barnehurst, Barnoldswick, Barnsley, Barnstaple, Abingdon, Abridge, Accrington, Acle, Addlestone, Adlington, Adwick le Street, Alcester, Alcombe, Aldeburgh, Aldershot, Aldridge, Alford, Alfreton, Alnwick, Ashford (Surrey), Ashington, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Ashton-under-Lyne, Askern, Aspatria, Atherstone, Atherton, Attleborough, Audenshaw, Axbridge, Cheshunt, Chessington, Chester, Chesterfield, Chester-le-Street, Chichester, Chigwell, Chingford, Chippenham, Chipping Campden, Barrow-in-Furness, Barton-upon-Humber, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Batley, Battle, Bawtry, Beaconsfield, Beaminster, Bebington, Bishop’s Castle, Bishop’s Stortford, Bishop’s Waltham, Blackburn, Blackheath, Blackpool, Blackrod, Blackwater, Blandford Forum, Bracknell, Bradford, Bradford on Avon, Brading, Bradley Stoke, Bradninch, Braintree, Brampton, Brandon, Brentwood, Bridgnorth, Bridgwater, Bridlington, Bridport, Brierfield, Brierley, Cadishead, Caister-on-Sea, Caistor, Callington, Calne, Camberley, Camborne, Cambridge, Camelford, Cannock, Canterbury, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carnforth, Carterton, Castle Cary, Castleford, Caterham, Catterick Garrison, Chadderton, Chagford, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chard, Brierley Hill, Brigg, Brighouse, Brightlingsea, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Brixham, Broadstairs, Broadstone, Bromborough, Chulmleigh, Church Stretton, Cinderford, Cirencester, Clacton-on-Sea, Clare, Clay Cross, Clayton-le-Moors, Cleator Moor, Cleckheaton, Cleethorpes, Cleobury Mortimer, Clevedon, Cleveleys, Clifton, Clitheroe, Clun, Bromsgrove, Bromyard, Broseley, Brough, Broughton, Broughton-in-Furness, Brownhills, Broxbourne, Bruton, Buckfastleigh, Buckhurst Hill, Buckingham, Bude, Denton, Derby, Dereham, Desborough, Devizes, Dewsbury, Budleigh Salterton, Bullers Green, Bulwell, Bungay, Crediton, Crewe, Crewkerne, Cricklade, Cromer, Crook, Crosby, Dagenham, Dalton-in-Furness, Darlaston, Darley Dale, Darlington, Dartford, Dartmouth, Darwen, Daventry, Dawley, Dawlish, Deal, Denholme,  Crowborough, Crowland, Crowle, Croydon, Cullompton Buntingford, Burford, Burgess Hill, Burgh-le-Marsh, Burnham-on-Crouch, Burnham-on-Sea, Burnley, Burntwood, Burton Latimer, Burton upon Trent, Bury, Bury St Edmunds, Bushey, Buxton, Charlbury, Chatham, Chatteris, Cheadle (Greater Manchester), Cheadle (Staffordshire), Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chertsey, Chesham, Chipping Norton, Chipping Ongar, Chipping Sodbury, Chorley, Chorleywood, Christchurch, Chudleigh, Coalville, Cobham, Cockermouth, Coggeshall, Colchester, Coleford, Coleshill, Colne, Colyford, Colyton, Congleton, Conisbrough, Consett, Corbridge, Corby, Corringham, Corsham, Coseley, Cotgrave, Coulsdon, Coventry, Cowes, Cradley Heath, Cramlington, Cranbrook, Craven Arms, Crawley, Crayford, Didcot, Dinnington, Diss, Doncaster, Dorchester, Dorking, Dover, Dovercourt, Downham Market, Driffield, Eaglescliffe, Ealing, Earby, Grays, Great Dunmow, Great Torrington, Great Yarmouth, Grimsby, Guildford, Guisborough, Guiseley, Hadfield, Hadleigh, Hailsham, Halesowen, Halesworth, Halifax, Halstead, Haltwhistle, 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Edlington, Kingston upon Thames, Kingswood, Kington, Knaresborough, Knottingley, Egham, Egremont, Elland, Ellesmere, Ellesmere Port, Ely, Emsworth, Epping, Epsom, Epworth, Esher, Eston, Eton, Evesham, Ewell, Exeter, Exmouth, Eye, Featherstone, Felixstowe, Feltham, Ilfracombe, Kearsley, Keighley, Kempston, Keswick, Kettering, Keynsham, Kidderminster, Kidsgrove, Killamarsh, Killingworth, Kimberley, Kingsbridge, King’s Lynn, Irlam, Irthlingborough, Ivybridge Fenny Stratford, Ferndown, Ferryhill, Filey, Filton, Fleet, Fleetwood, Flitwick, Folkestone, Fordbridge, Fordingbridge, Frimley, Frinton-on-Sea, Frodsham, Frome, Gainsborough, Garforth, Garstang, Gateshead, Gillingham (Dorset), Gorleston, Hempstead, Hemsworth, Henley-in-Arden, Henley-on-Thames, Hereford, Herne Bay, Hersham, Hertford, Hessle, Heswall, Hetton-le-Hole, Heversham, Hexham, Heywood, High Bentham, Higham Ferrers, Gosport, Grange-over-Sands, Grantham, Gravesend, Harrow, Hartland, Hartlepool, Harwich, Hebden Bridge, Hebden Royd, Heckmondwike, Hedge End, Hednesford, Hedon, Helmsley, Kirkby, Kirkby-In-Ashfield, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Kirkbymoorside, Kirkham, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Helston, Hemel Hempstead, Highbridge, Highcliffe, Highworth, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hindley, Hingham, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Ilkeston, Ilkley, Ilminster, Immingham, Ingatestone, Ipswich, Holbeach, Holmfirth, Holsworthy, Holt, Honiton, Horley, Horncastle, Hornchurch, Hornsea, Horsforth, Horsham, Horwich, Houghton-le-Spring, Houghton Regis, Hounslow, Howden, Hoylake, Hoyland, Hucknall, Huddersfield, Hugh Town, Hungerford, Hunsdon, Hunstanton, Huntingdon, Huyton, Hyde, Hythe, Kendal, Kenilworth, Kesgrave, Jarrow, Ibstock, Leamington Spa, Leatherhead, Lechlade, Ledbury, Leeds, Leek, Lee-on-the-Solent, Leicester, Leigh, Kingston-upon-Hull, Knowle, Knutsford, Lancaster, Matlock, Melbourne, Melksham, Meltham, Melton Mowbray, Mere, Mexborough, Middleham, Middlesbrough, Middleton, Middlewich, Midhurst, Midsomer Norton, Mildenhall, Millom, Milnrow, Milnthorpe, Milton Keynes, Langport, Laindon, Lincoln, Linslade, Mansfield Woodhouse, Marazion, March, Margate, Market Bosworth, Market Deeping, Weymouth, Whaley Bridge, Whickham, Whitby, Whitchurch (Hampshire), Whitchurch (Shropshire), Whitebushes, Whitecliff, Whitefield, Whitehaven, Whitley Bay, Whitnash, Whitstable, Whittlesey, Whyteleafe, Wickford, Wickham, Wickwar, Widnes, Wigan, Wigston Magna, Wigton, Willenhall, Willington, Wilmslow, Market Drayton, Market Harborough, Liskeard, Littleborough, Mablethorpe, Macclesfield, Madeley, Maghull, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Maldon, Malmesbury, Maltby, Malton, Malvern, Oswaldtwistle, Oswestry, Otley, Ottery St Mary, Oundle, Manchester, Manningtree, Littlehampton, Liverpool, Loddon, Ponteland, Poole, Porthleven, Portishead, Portland, Portsmouth, Potters Bar, Potton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Loftus, London, Long Eaton, Long Sutton, Longbenton, Longridge, Longtown, Looe, Lostwithiel, Loughborough, Loughton, Louth, Newport Pagnell, Newquay, Newton Abbot, Newton Aycliffe, Newton-le-Willows, Normanton, Northallerton, Lowestoft, Ludgershall, Ludlow, Luton, Lutterworth, Lydd, Penrith, Wakefield, Wells, Westminster, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester, York, Armagh, Belfast, Penryn, Penwortham, Penzance, Pershore, Peterborough, Peterlee, Petersfield, Petworth, Pickering, Pitsea, Plymouth, Lydney, Paignton, Painswick, Parkeston, Partington, Patchway, Pateley Bridge, Peacehaven, Pendlebury, Penistone, Penkridge, Lyme Regis, Okehampton, Oldbury, Oldham, Ollerton, Windsor, Winsford, Winslow, Winterton, Wirksworth, Wisbech, Witham, Withernsea, Witney, Wiveliscombe, Wivenhoe, Woburn, Woburn Sands, Woking, Wokingham, Wolsingham, Wolverhampton, Wolverton, Wombwell, Lymington, Lytham St Annes, Netherfield, Netherton, New Alresford, New Ferry, New Malden, New Mills, New Milton, New Romney, Mansfield, Market Rasen, Market Warsop, Market Weighton, Marlborough, Marlow, Maryport, Masham, Minchinhampton, Minehead, Minster, Mirfield, Mitcham, Mitcheldean, Morden, Morecambe, Moretonhampstead, Moreton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Morley, Morpeth, Mossley, Much Wenlock, Nailsea, Mytholmroyd, Nailsworth, Nantwich, Needham Market, Orpington, Ossett, Overcombe, Oxford, Oxted, Nelson, Neston, Newark-on-Trent, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Newbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Oadby, Oakengates, Oakham, Olney, Orford, Quarry Bank, Queenborough, Ormskirk, Radcliffe, Raunds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newent, Newhaven, Pontefract, Prescot, Preston, Prestwich, Princes Risborough, Princetown, Prudhoe, Pudsey Newlyn, Newmarket, Newport (Cornwall), Newport (Isle of Wight), Newport (Shropshire), Northam, Northampton, Northfleet, Northleach, North Hykeham, North Kenton, North Petherton, North Shields, North Tawton, North Walsham, Northwich, Norton-on-Derwent, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Radstock, Rainham, Ramsbottom, Ramsgate, Paddock Wood, Padiham, Padstow, Pocklington, Polegate, Rawtenstall, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redditch, Redhill, Redruth, Reepham, Reeth, Reigate, Retford, Richmond (London), Royal Tunbridge Wells, Royston (Hertfordshire), St Columb Major, St Helens, St Ives (Cambridgeshire), St Ives (Cornwall), St Just in Penwith, St Mawes, St Neots, Preston, Ripon, Salford, Salisbury, New Sarum, Ross-on-Wye, Rothbury, Rotherham, Rothwell (Northamptonshire), Rothwell (West Yorkshire), Saffron Walden, St Albans, St Austell, St Blazey, Sunderland, Truro, Salcombe, Sale, Salford, Salisbury, Saltash, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Sandbach, Sandhurst, Sandiacre, Sandown, Sandwich, Sandy, Sawbridgeworth, Saxmundham, Rowley Regis,  Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, Stoke-on-Trent, Royston (South Yorkshire), Richmond (North Yorkshire), Rickmansworth, Ringwood, Ripley, Ripon, Rishton, Robin Hood’s Bay, Rochdale, Rochester, Rochford, Romford, Seaham, Seaton, Sedbergh, Sedgley, Selby, Selsey, Settle, Sevenoaks, Shaftesbury, Wilton, Wimborne Minster, Wincanton, Winchcombe, Winchelsea, Winchester, Windermere, Woodbridge, Woodley, Woodstock, Wooler, Wootton Bassett, Worcester, Workington, Worksop, Worsley, Worthing, Shanklin, Shaw & Crompton, Sheerness, Sheffield, Shefford, Shepperton, Shepshed, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Stanley, Stapleford, Staveley, Stevenage, Steyning, Stockport, Stocksbridge, Stockton-on-Tees, Shepton Mallet, Romsey, Royton, Rubery, Rugby, Rugeley, Runcorn, Rushden, Ryde, Rye, Ryton, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Seaford, Sherborne, Sheringham, Shifnal, Shildon, Shipley, Shipston-on-Stour, Shirebrook, Shoeburyness, Shoreham-by-Sea, Shrewsbury, Sidmouth, Silloth, Silsden, Sittingbourne, Skegness, Skelmersdale, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Skipton, Sleaford, Thornton, Thorpe St Andrew, Thrapston, Tickhill, Tidworth, Tilbury, Tipton, Tisbury, Tiverton, Thorne, Tonbridge, Topsham, Torpoint, Torquay, Totland, Totnes, Toton, Totton & Eling, Tow Law, Towcester, Tring, Todmorden, Slough, Smethwick, Snaith, Snodland, Soham, Solihull, Somerton, Southam, Southampton, Southborough, South Benfleet, South Bank, South Cave, South Elmsall, South Molton, South Petherton, South Shields, South Woodham Ferrers, Southend-on-Sea, Southminster, Tamworth, Taunton, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Telford, Telscombe, Tenbury Wells, Southport, Southsea, Southwell, Southwick, Southwold, Tewkesbury, Uckfield, Ulverston, Upton, Tyldesley, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Walthamstow, Walton, Walton-on-Thames, Walton-on-the-Naze, Wandsworth, Tynemouth, Ventnor, Verwood, Sowerby Bridge, Spalding, Spellbrook, Spennymoor, Spilsby, Stafford, Staines, Stainforth, Upholland, Upminster, Uppingham, Stalbridge, Stalham, Stalybridge, Stamford, Stanford-le-Hope, Stanhope, City of London, Stoke-on-Trent, Stokesley, Stone, Stonehouse, Stony Stratford, Stourbridge, Stourport-on-Severn, Stowmarket, Tadcaster, Tadley, Tenterden, Tetbury, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratton, Stretford, Strood, Stroud, Sturminster Newton, Sudbury, Wakefield, Wainfleet All Saints, Walkden, Sunbury-on-Thames, Sunderland, Upton-upon-Severn, Urmston, Uttoxeter, Uxbridge, Sutton, Thame, Thamesmead, Thatcham, Leicester, Welwyn Garden City, Wem, Wendover, Wesham, West Bridgford, West Bromwich, West Byfleet, Thaxted, West Kirby, West Malling, West Mersea, Westbury, Westerham, Westgate-on-Sea, Westhoughton, Westminster, Thetford, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, Greater London, Watford, Wath-upon-Dearne, Watlington, Watton, Wednesbury, Wednesfield, Wellingborough, Wellington (Somerset), Wellington (Shropshire), Wells, Wells-next-the-Sea, Thirsk, Thornaby-on-Tees, Thornbury, Trowbridge, Truro, Sutton Coldfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Swadlincote, Swaffham, Swanage, Swanley, Swanscombe, Swindon, Swinton (Greater Manchester), Wotton-under-Edge, Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Durham, Ely, Wragby, Wroxham, Wymondham, Wythall Swinton (South Yorkshire), Syston, Wadebridge, Wadhurst, Wallasey, Wallsend, Wallingford, Wallington, Walmer, Walsall, Wantage, Ware, Wareham, Warminster, Warrington, Yate, Yateley, Yeadon, Yeovil, York, Warwick, Washington, Watchet, Waterlooville, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Yarm, Yarmouth, Leeds, Weston-super-Mare, Wetherby, Weybridge,

These suspense thriller books are available as paperbacks, ebooks and audiobooks and many are available on Amazon or from top bookstores across England and Wales.

Buy your fiction books now, and begin to read thrillers and crime fiction.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

On her majestys secret service by ian fleming

On her majestys secret service by ian fleming

Who could talk of a spy novel or thriller without mentioning one of the best writers in the genres, Ian Fleming.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming is one of the most famous of his works.

James Bond, United Kingdom secret agent with a licence to kill, had been involved in hunting down the SPECTRE organisation and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the boss. They had hijacked nuclear devices in order to blackmail the governments of the West. Bond had a disagreement with the British Secret Service in the running of the matter and he writes a letter of resignation to M, the head of the service.

Bond saves a beautiful Contessa by paying the gambling debt she cannot fulfil but they are captured by criminals. Her father is Marc-Ange Draco, the boss of the Unione Corse crime organisation.

Draco tells Bond that Blofeld is in Switzerland after which Bond returns to England to filter fact from fiction. The College of Arms in London discovers that Blofeld has taken on the persona of Comte Balthazar de Bleuville to mask his identity.

Bond pretends to be a member of the College of Arms, Sir Hilary Bray. He visits Blofeld face him and to ascertain his right to the title, finding that Blofeld has undergone surgery to cover up his identity.

Blofeld has been brainwashing women into carrying biological warfare agents to destroy the agricultural economy of the British Isles. Bond escapes by ski from Piz Gloria, as he believes he has been uncovered.  He is chased and kills some of his pursuers. Exhausted he reaches the local town where he is helped by the Contessa.

Draco’s Union Corse help Bond to attack Blofeld’s clinic. The clinic is destroyed and Blofeld escapes. Flying to Germany Bond marries the Contessa. They drive away on holiday only to be machine gunned by Blofelds team. Bonds new wife dies.

James Bond, otherwise known as 007, is probably the most famous spy to have worked on behalf of the Queen and the Union Jack flag.

A classic spy novel from one of the worlds finest writers. I am looking forward to the next film with Daniel Craig, No Time to Die. The Queen’s best agent and a real Made in England hero!.

Ripper – The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell

Jack the Ripper thriller book

Jack the Ripper thriller book

The enigmatic and eccentric painter, Walter Sickert, had an air of mystery about him. In more recent times the accusatory finger of suspicion has been levelled at him. It is now widely believed that he may have been either, Jack the Ripper or his accomplice.

The New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell spent millions researching the case and has uncovered important new evidence. Her book Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert, is a detailed account of the Ripper atrocities and the failure of the Victorian police force to solve this dastardly series of crimes.

Sickert’s art had a strange quality about it, verging on the ghoulish. He had a deep interest in the Jack’s crimes and claimed to have lodged in a boarding house where the landlady said she believed the Ripper had also lodged previously. Sickert even painted a picture depicting the Rippers room.

Patricia Cornwell’s research has been tirelessly executed and she has brought forth archival material which has not been seen before.

Ripper, The Secret Life of Walter Sickert follows on from Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper further expanding the depth of research and knowledge.

Patricia Cornwell has greatly added to this most gruesome of mysteries and her wonderful book is a must read for any sleuths among us.

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Portrait Of A Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

How strange it is, that Jack the Ripper should, even now, still excites such horror and fascination. Many of the streets and locations of the crimes can still be found huddled among the modern city of London. On a recent evening walking tour of the area, where some of the crimes were committed, I felt a slight unease and sadness as we traced the route through the hushed side streets. We ended as darkness fell at the notorious Ten Bells public House in Spitalfieds, which had associations with the case.

The horrors that were meted out to those women in London’s East End in the late 1880’s have never had closure as ’Jack’ was never conclusively identified…or was he?

However, the gruesome crimes and the man who committed them may well have met their match.

Patricia Cornwell, the New York Times bestselling author has turned her considerable skill on to solving this appalling mystery. Cornwell is a master in the field of plotting a crime – now she shows that she can solve one too. Using modern day forensics and meticulous research she puts forth an utterly compelling case.

Has she done enough in her book to conclusively prove her theory and to give us closure at last with the true identity of Jack? You will have to read the book to decide for yourself. However, for me this was a fascinating, detailed journey through one of the most infamous crimes set against the Victorian era Patricia Cornwell has proved her case to me.

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The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley

The freedom trap

The freedom trap

Another novel by Desmond Bagley, author of The Vivero Letter, one of my all time favourite writers. I only wish I could have met him.

The Freedom Trap was first published in 1971 and is said to be loosely based on the escape of, spy, double agent and traitor depending on your point of view, George Blake from prison five years earlier. It was made into a film in 1973, called The Mackintosh Man, starring Paul Newman.

The fiction story starts with Joseph Rearden who is a villain from South Africa . He meets an agent of MI5 in London called Mackintosh, who recruits him for an assignment. It is a dangerous task and is to trap The Scarperers  who are a well known gang of criminals who gaol-breaking long-term prisoners. He is also to catch Slade who is a Russian double agent whom they recently helped to escape. Rearden is told to rob a postman with a packet of uncut diamonds. He is then  ‘caught’ and sent to jail in hopes that he can contact the Scarperers. It is a clever and exciting plot which races to Malta and beyond……well worth a read.

In the mid 20th century, British writers such as Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley set out the conventions of the thriller genre. Their heroes were  a resilient and resourceful ordinary individuals facing tremendous odds. The villains were utterly ruthless in pursuit of their goals.

Desmond Bagleyren beste nobela bat, The Vivero Letter-en egilea, nire idazle gogokoenetako bat. Ezagutzea bakarrik nahi nuke.

Freedom Trap 1971n argitaratu zen lehen aldiz, eta bost urte lehenago George Blake kartzelatik zetorren, espioiaren, agente bikoitzaren eta traidorearen ihesean oinarrituta omen dago. 1973an film bat egin zuten, The Mackintosh Man izenekoa, Paul Newman protagonista zuela.

Fikzio istorioa Hegoafrikako gaiztoa den Joseph Reardenekin hasten da. MI5 agenteko agente bat ezagutuko du Londresen Mackintosh izenekoa, eta honek zeregin baterako kontratatuko du. Zeregin arriskutsua da eta epe luzeko presoak hausten dituzten gaizkile talde ezaguna diren Scarperers harrapatzea da. Gainera, duela gutxi ihes egiten lagundu zioten agente biko errusiarra den Slade harrapatzekoa da. Reardenek postari bati ebaki gabeko diamante pakete batekin lapurreta egiteko esan dio. Gero “harrapatu” eta espetxera bidali dute Scarperers-ekin harremanetan jartzeko itxaropenarekin. Trama argia eta zirraragarria da, Maltara eta haratago lasterketetan ibiltzen dena … irakurtzea merezi du.

Mendearen erdialdean, Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley bezalako idazle britainiarrek thriller generoaren konbentzioak zehaztu zituzten. Haien heroiak izugarrizko probabilitateak zituzten gizabanako arrunt erresilienteak eta aberatsak ziren. Gaizkileak erabat gupidagabeak ziren helburuak lortzeko.

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