The insider


Oscar Quinn is the best and the brightest of his generation. The youngest fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he’s destined for a glittering academic career. But then a mysterious letter arrives inviting him for an interview with Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. The role hasn’t been advertised. He appears to be the only candidate. And the salary on offer seems almost too good to be true. Soon Quinn finds himself plunged into the heart of power. He gets his own office in the Palace of Westminster, a cut-price deal on a luxurious apartment in Chelsea and a chance to work on some of the nation’s most highly-classified secrets. But when he learns that the security services are asking questions, Quinn begins to discover a dark truth buried at the centre of his new life.

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The thrilling novel of espionage and murder set in the dark heart of Westminster, from the UK’s most exciting new spy writer

A Russian defector is found brutally murdered in a London hotel.

Only four people knew he had turned – the four most important and powerful figures in Whitehall.

There’s only one conclusion:

A mole has infiltrated the highest levels of the nation’s security.

Operating in secret from within Westminster’s darkest corners, former spy, Solomon Vine, must uncover the traitor.

Because Britain’s future hangs in the balance.

And with it, the fate of the whole world . . .

Praise for Matthew Richardson

‘Proof that the spy genre is flourishing in the 21st century . . . [Richardson’s] plotting has an old-school, Swiss-clock precision’ The Guardian

‘Compelling, intense and sharply authentic’ James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad

‘A splendid tale of espionage starring an old-fashioned MI6 hero . . . Exciting spy literature’ The Times

‘A bang-up-to-date thriller told with old-school panache. A great read’ Mick Herron, CWA Gold Dagger-winning author of the Slough House Series

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Weight 0.245 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.1 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


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