PLAYING WITH DEATH is a gripping, edge-of-your seat contemporary thriller that marks a new direction for legendary historical novelist Simon Scarrow, writing with exciting new talent Lee Francis. Not to be missed by readers of David Baldacci and Michael Crichton.
SOMETIMES, THE MONSTER WINS...
And FBI Special Agent Rose Blake knows it more than most. Haunted by a failed undercover mission, she is finding it hard to shake the memory of her close encounter with a ruthless serial killer - one who is still free, and could come for her at any time.
The call to investigate a suspected arson attack is a welcome distraction. It's not the kind of case usually assigned to the FBI, but nothing about this crime is usual. As Rose digs deeper, she finds herself confronting the kind of imagination her son might see in the fantasy worlds of his video games.
And when your opponent is a killer, nothing feels like a game...
A regular on the Sunday Times bestseller list with his historical novels, Simon Scarrow launches an exciting new strand to his writing with PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with Lee Francis: both an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a terrifying exploration of the dangers of the modern world.
Simon's Eagles of the Empire novels are legendary amongst readers of historical fiction, and all his novels, including the World War II thriller HEARTS OF STONE, have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike. Prior to writing fiction Simon worked as a teacher and lecturer; he is now a full-time writer.
Lee Francis worked for several years in the world of film, TV and advertising as a script reader and assistant director. PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with his former lecturer Simon Scarrow, is his first novel.
If Stephen King had collaborated with Michael Crichton on a thriller, it might have been as good as this. It's a grab-you-by-the-throat page-ripper'—Peterborough Evening Telegraph
What starts as a gripping killer thriller morphs into a serious and frankly scary examination of the possible threats the development of AI poses for humanity—Irish Independent
This fast, furious, twisty thriller kept me on the edge of my seat—Chris Ryan
'Gripping... [Scarrow's] sense of plot and pace is strong'—The Times
An amazing roller-coaster of a ride... this book is fantastic... So startlingly good, so utterly readable
An edgy, pacy, futuristic and oh so very polished cyber thriller—www.trevtwinem.booklikes.com
An amazing roller-coaster of a ride... Fantastic... A cracking historical thriller—Manda Scott
A fast-moving and exceptionally well-paced historical thriller—BBC History Magazine
Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels:
'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best'
Top stuff—Daily Telegraph
Intrigue, treachery and violence... intense action, beguiling characters and authentic detail—Publishers Weekly
Grips you from the beginning and races to a most exciting and enigmatic ending—5 stars, www.crimesquad.com
Gripping... [Scarrow's] sense of plot and pace is strong—The Times
Gripping... Ferocious and compelling—Daily Express
'Top stuff'—Daily Telegraph
'This lively, absorbing novel will not disappoint'—The Sunday Times
'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best'—Independent
'Pacy...and thrilling'—The Book Bag
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