The Late Train to Gipsy Hill (Hardback)Alan Johnson (author)
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The debut thriller from the former Home Secretary and author of This Boy is a gripping slice of contemporary espionage that takes in shadowy conspiracy, the Russian mafia and a beautiful woman on a train who may not be all that she seems.
Gary Nelson has a routine for the commute to his rather dull job in the city. Each day, he watches transfixed as a beautiful woman on the train applies her make up in a ritual he now knows by heart. He's never dared to strike up a conversation . . . but maybe one day.
Then one evening, on the late train to Gipsy Hill, the woman who has beguiled him for so long, invites him to take the empty seat beside her. Fiddling with her mascara, she holds up her mirror and Gary reads the words 'HELP ME' scrawled in sticky black letters on the glass.
From that moment, Gary's life is turned on its head. He finds himself on the run from the Russian mafia, the FSB and even the Metropolitan Police - all because of what because this mysterious young woman may have witnessed. In the race to find out the truth, Gary discovers that there is a lot more to her than meets the eye...
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 40 mm
A smart, captivating, modern but timeless thriller. * John Marrs *
A fast-moving plot, complex but all too credible, expertly told. The fact it comes from the pen of a former Home Secretary makes the rich security detail and the myriad relationships all the more powerful. * Alastair Campbell *
Featuring espionage, the Russian Mafia and a gorgeous female on a train with a deadly secret, the tantalising plot has set Alan up for dominance of the bestseller charts for years to come. * Fiona Phillips *
Is there no limit to his talents? Not content with being a top politician, and a very nice feller, he turns his hand to writing four memoirs, which win prizes and awards and sell bucketloads. God I was spitting with envy. Why didn't he just stick to politics? I absolutely loved Alan's new thriller, it's brilliant. * Hunter Davies *
Blends gentle humour and brutal assassination into a cracking crime thriller * The Sun *
The Girl on the Train with a dash of Russian poisoning and a classic femme fatale * Sunday Telegragh *
An enormously enjoyable caper that switches fluently between the fugitive duo, flummoxed cops and emigre spooks, intellectuals and gangsters.* Sunday Times *
A very promising start to a career in fiction* Daily Mail *
It's Johnson's witty, genial presence shining through the story that makes The Late Train to Gipsy Hill worth reading* Daily Record *
Fast-paced, whimsical and charmingly genteel, The Late Train to Gipsy Hill is a hugely enjoyable caper * Irish Times *
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