Author(s): Mark Mills
A riveting and evocative tale of passion and murder, set on the French Riviera in the 1930s, from the No.1 bestselling author of The Savage Garden. France, 1935: At the poor man's end of the Riviera sits Le Rayol, a haven for artists, expatriates and refugees. Here, a world away from the rumblings of a continent heading towards war, Tom Nash has rebuilt his life after a turbulent career in the Secret Intelligence Service. His past, though, is less willing to leave him behind. When a midnight intruder tries to kill him, Tom knows it is just a matter of time before another assassination attempt is made. Gathered at Le Rayol for the summer months are all those he holds most dear, including his beloved goddaughter Lucy. Reluctantly, Tom comes to believe that one of them must have betrayed him. If he is to live, Tom must draw his enemy out, but at what cost to himself and the people he loves!?
'Mills has once again delivered an evocatively well-written and researched mystery which ticks all the suspense boxes' - Daily Mail '[A] mesmerising new novel! his best work in an already accomplished career' - Barry Forshaw, Independent 'Mark Mills writes beautifully! very enjoyable' - Literary Review 'An absorbing thriller and atmospheric plot twister' - Woman & Home 'A sumptuously stylish mystery' - Easy Living 'A riveting, creepy tale' - City A.M 'Outstandingly good! beautifully written, cleverly plotted and highly recommended' - Literary Review on The Information Officer 'A forgotten corner of World War II rediscovered and expertly revealed to us. Fascinating and shrewdly compelling - Mark Mills does it again' - William Boyd on The Information Officer 'A compelling, vividly rendered slow burn of a book which culminates in an electrifying climax' - Guardian on The Information Officer 'An intriguing puzzle, elegantly written! a pleasure to read! beautifully captured' - Sunday Telegraph on The Savage Garden 'A brilliant read with a super-smart thriller plot and an amazing denouement - it had me transported and enthralled all the way through' - Sadie Jones (bestselling author of 'The Outcast') 'Mills's skilful use of language and clever plot development place him firmly in the premier league of writers! Mills's latest is a truly compulsive page-turner.' - Sunday Express 'This tense and beautifully written thriller grips you right to the final devastating revelation' - Bella 'A good thriller, a stunning book about human beings surviving under extreme circumstances, an eye-opener for anyone who didn't know the 'Malta story' and a master-class in fluent storytelling' - Eurocrime Acclaim for 'The Savage Garden': 'A fine sense of period and place, a well-managed narrative, crisp prose and fascinating information! Mills is one to watch' - Spectator 'Mills juggles the mysteries of three periods, switching between centuries with a conjuror's skill! the book is beautifully written, giving life to the figures in their Tuscan landscape' - Literary Review
Mark Mills graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. He has lived in both Italy and France, and has written for the screen. His first novel, The Whaleboat House, won the 2004 Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Novel by a debut author. His second, The Savage Garden, received stunning reviews and was a No. 1 bestseller. His third, The Information Officer, was shortlisted for the 2009 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.