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A Traitor in the Family

Nicholas Searle

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PUBLISHED: 5th July 2018
ISBN: 9780241979907
A Traitor in the Family
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  • Paperback
PUBLISHED: 5th July 2018
ISBN: 9780241979907

Publisher Description

'While her husband prepared to murder a young man he had never met, Bridget O'Neill completed her packing for Christmas with her in-laws.'

Francis O'Neill is a terrorist, trained to kill for his cause. Bridget is his wife, expected to be loyal and stand by her husband. She has learned not to hope for much more, until the day she glimpses, for the first time, the chance of a new life. A life without violence, without secrets, and without knocks on the door in the dead of night. A life without her husband.

But what if freedom for Bridget means grave danger for Francis?

Author Biography

Nicholas Searle is originally from Cornwall and now lives in Yorkshire. Before becoming a writer, he enjoyed a long and successful public service career in intelligence and security. A Traitor in the Family is his second novel, following the Sunday Times bestseller, The Good Liar, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the best debut crime novel.


Nicholas Searle drew on his own background in intelligence to portray an IRA terrorist and his wife forced into different types of betrayal Daily Mail Books of the Year Searle shows a gift for complex plotting -- Daily Telegraph on 'The Good Liar' An incredibly dark, taut thriller... Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carre -- Daily Express on 'The Good Liar' Added to the fiendishly clever plot, Searle's writing is both drily amusing and elegantly crafted. An absolute treat of a book -- Daily Mail on 'The Good Liar' A part-thriller, part-human condition novel that packs a tremendous punch -- Financial Times on 'The Good Liar' A taut, compulsive thriller with a dark, intriguing heart. A Mr Ripley for our time -- Jonathan Freedland on 'The Good Liar' This is one of those thrillers whose thrills come not just from a fast-paced plot, but also from the fact that we're being given privileged access to a hidden world Reader's Digest Morally chewy and unbearably tense Daily Telegraph The Good Liar was excellent but this book feels more personal and is even better Sunday Express [A] tale of sordid compromises and agonising choices ... beneath the betrayals and violence Searle's antihero's dilemma unleashes lies a moral message: even the hardest heart is made vulnerable by love' Observer The follow-up to Searle's acclaimed 2015 debut The Good Liar, and the technical aspects of thriller writing are well handled as the tension builds on both sides Guardian Unbearably tense... this is a snapshot of the real world from a man who has lived it Daily Telegraph In its subtlety it reminded me strongly of John le Carre's wonderful A Small Town in Germany, which also brought home the delicate confusions that lie at the heart of those who work in the shadow of treachery. This is high praise Daily Mail

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Nicholas Searle
Penguin Books Ltd
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United Kingdom