NIGHT HERON by adam brookes

Discover author Adam Brookes' first spy thriller inspired by a true event...

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 British 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.

The sequel to Night Heron will be published in the summer of 2015. 

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Watch author Adam Brookes describe the inspiration for Night Heron


Praise for Night Heron

Best Book of the Year mentions from NPR, The Times Literary Supplement, and Kirkus Reviews.

Nominated for a Crime Writers' Association Dagger Award (2014)

'Outstanding…This is Brookes’s first novel, and one hopes it won’t be his last. “Night Heron” already places him near the first rank of today’s spy novelists.' - Washington Post

'A page turner that takes the reader from China's far west to the streets of the fascinating Chinese capital, pulsing with power and danger' - New York Times

'The best British spy novel debut in years' - Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph

'The best spy novel so far this year . . . signals the start of what should be a very promising career in fictional spying. Combining the intrigue and complexity of the classic spy novel with contemporary themes and skillfully realised Chinese locations this is certainly an espionage novel for the 21st Century.' - Sydney Morning Herald

'It's got all of the freshness of firsthand sense of place - Brookes helps us to feel and smell and taste . . . And it's got a convincing narrative drive that comes from a veteran newsman's long career in creating stories that make sense and matter.' - NPR

'Engrossing and compelling' - LA Review of Books 

'An intriguing, skilful and taut novel...elegantly plotted and with a piercing eye for detail' - Daily Mail

'Debut of the month is Adam Brookes's accomplished Night Heron' - The Sunday Times 

'The BBC's former China correspondent joins the ranks of John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth with a laser-sharp Beijing spy thriller . . . Brookes arrives a full formed talent, with a complete mastery of the genre' - Daily Express

'Night Heron reeks with verisimilitude in its settings and atmosphere, and is accompanied by a cleverly plotted action-filled story of Anglo-Chinese espionage' - The Times

'Fast-paced, intelligent, stimulating and action-packed' - Lincoln Star Journal

'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

'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, D.C., 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

'Brookes, a one-time China correspondent for the BBC, knows this turf exceedingly well and translates that knowledge into a novel that is as strikingly different as it is thrilling . . . One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years.' - Kirkus Reviews

'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

'This exciting thriller opens a rare window on the real China of today' - Irish Independent

'Spine-tingling' - APN Network