Synopses & Reviews
From #1 international bestseller Ian Rankin, an unlucky spy gets one last chance at redemption.
Miles Flint is a spy who has been making some serious mistakes. His last assignment led to the death of a foreign official in London, and after getting too close to his current subject he wound up in police custody. But something is wrong at the agency that has nothing to do with Miles's errors. Why did his last suspect know more about Miles's assignment than Miles did? Why have so many operatives recently resigned? Despite the Director's assurances, Miles begins his own investigation, to the dismay of his colleagues and even his own wife. Then Miles is sent to Belfast on a routine mission, a mission that confirms his darkest suspicions and threatens his life.
"This compact, well-written, and fast-paced espionage novel is sure to please readers of the genre." Library Journal
"Not as stylishly compelling as Rankin's later efforts, but a gritty appraisal of the bomb-wielding miasma of the 1980s and a highly readable explanation of the demons that drive zealots to switch sides." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] fascinating portrait of the detective novelist as a young man....Watchman may not be the best Rankin, but until the final Rebus volume hits stateside, it's intriguing mood music before the final exit." The Los Angeles Times
"The real Rankin hadn't emerged yet, but this is a very worthwhile read for fans who want to see their hero in the process of finding himself, too." Booklist
From #1 international bestseller Ian Rankin comes this tale of an unlucky spy who gets one last chance at redemption.
About the Author
Ian Rankin is a worldwide #1 bestselling writer, and has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.