Night Heron

By Adam Brookes (Trade Paperback, 2015)
Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century.

A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China.

Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.

But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known... and not only to the British.

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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316399845

    • On Sale Date: 06/16/2015

    • Publisher: Orbit

    • Imprint: Redhook

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Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century.

A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China.

Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.

But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known... and not only to the British.

As the BBC's China Correspondent, Adam Brookes received repeated visits from an anonymous man offering to sell him military secrets to pass to British Secret Services - a likely 'dangle' designed to entrap him. This event inspired the writing of his debut novel, Night Heron, a game-changing thriller ripped from today's headlines. Having been a foreign correspondent for many years, Adam Brookes is deeply engrained in the world of government secrets. He was based in China, the United States and Indonesia for the BBC, and reported from many of the world's most dangerous countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and Mongolia.
  • "The must-read thriller of the year." (NPR Books).

  • "One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years."  (Kirkus).

  • "The pace is frenetic and Brookes does a wonderful job with both the high-tech world of cyber intelligence and survival on Beijing's gritty, smog-smothered streets. Highly recommended." (The Bookseller).

  • Night Heron is a fascinating portrait of the dangerous complexities of spying in a restricted country, the competing agendas driving international intelligence, and China's startlingly varied social realities.A must-read for fans of espionage and smart global fiction in general. ( Booklist (starred review) ).

  • "Night Heron is a wonderfully cinematic novel -- I felt myself visually transported into every scene, watching the action unfold -- that also immersed me in the sounds and smells and feel of China, all the while telling a rich, complex espionage story. A remarkable accomplishment." (Chris Pavone, author of international bestseller The Expats).

  • "Fans of the international espionage genre will inhale this fast tale in a few suspenseful breaths. Brookes uses multiple narrators -- the spy, the engineer, the journalist, the agent, the boss -- whose conflicting alliances tell the real story." (Library Journal ).

  • "Brookes, a correspondent for BBC News in Washington, DC, who was formerly based in China, takes readers deep inside the culture and daily routines of that country in his outstanding fiction debut... Good chase scenes and tense dialogue, coupled with a convincing picture of what actually happens in the corridors of power, make Brookes a thriller writer to watch." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)).

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Night Heron
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN
  • Pages: 416
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316399845
  • On Sale Date: 06/16/2015
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