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A return to the period adventure thriller in Where Dead Men Meet reestablishes Mark Mills as a master storyteller for fans of William Boyd, Charles Cumming, or Robert Harris.
Paris, 1937. Luke Hamilton—a junior air intelligence officer at the British Embassy—finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. A clear case of mistaken identity—or so it first appears. As Luke is hunted across a continent sliding toward war, he comes to learn that the answers lie deep in a past that predates his abandonment as a baby on the steps of an orphanage twenty-five years ago.
From the author of the bestselling Savage Garden, and set against a terrific backdrop of Europe on the cusp of the Second World War, this is a compelling novel, rich in adventure, espionage, secrets, and lies.
“Where Dead Men Meet is a grand adventure, in the tradition of Graham Greene’s ‘entertainments,’ and John Buchan’s before that—a sweeping race through Europe for the highest possible stakes, in the year before the Anschluss. Here’s hoping it’s only the first of many exploits for Luke and Pippi.”
Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
“A powerhouse of a novel, throwing sparks and hissing steam as it traverses the fractious landscape of prewar Europe in the company of vivid and memorable characters.”
Dan Fesperman, award-winning author of The Letter Writer
“A pulse-pounding thriller of the first order…Believable characters, a richly detailed historical setting, and a story that keeps the reader’s attention glued until the final page.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“Dramatic and intriguing.”
“Like Alan Furst, Mills has a sure hand with historical thrillers that mix intrigue, setting, and romance, and, after a five-year absence, it’s great to have him back.”
“The best novel I read this year. Where Dead Men Meet is an exhilarating and hair-raising charge through pre-war Europe, with danger at every stunningly beautiful turn. Mills’ descriptions of Paris, Venice, and Zurich are filled with both elegance and lurking menace. Mark Mills is Alan Furst with afterburners, and this book is a powerful tale of revenge, love, and self-discovery, all packed into an utterly compelling historical thriller.”
Mark Pryor, author of The Paris Librarian