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A Fatal Game by Nicholas Searle

A Fatal Game

Nicholas Searle

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Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 4 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9780241354384

The railway station is heaving with rush-hour commuters when the bomb goes off. In the subsequent enquiry, serious questions are asked of Jake Winter, the British Intelligence Officer responsible for preventing the attack. Especially when it transpires that the bomber was his agent.

4 stars out of 5
Adam LeBor
30 Aug 2019

"he has delivered a thought-provoking read that bursts with tension."

Searle worked in British intelligence for more than 25 years and his experience is put to excellent use. The inquiry scenes could be drawn from real life and the tradecraft is authentic as the jihadis dodge surveillance. Searle steps inside the heads of the young recruits, showing their confusion and alienation while making no excuses for the joy they take in slaughter. Rashid, however, has doubts on his return. “He was killing daily . . . but he had not imagined it would be like this. He thought it would be more noble.”

The narrative skitters on occasion as Searle switches point of view too often and too quickly, but he has delivered a thought-provoking read that bursts with tension.