has_publisher_logo

Advanced Search
 

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Most Anticipated Fiction, Spring 2021

more
  • Other Formats

    9780735225015 9780593395103 Downloadable audio file, $23 CAD 9780735225008 Electronic book text, Reflowable, , EPUB
  • Sales Rights

    For sale with exclusive rights in: AS CA GU MP PH PR UM US VI For sale with non-exclusive rights in: AD AE AF AI AL AM AO AQ AR AT AW AX AZ BA BE BF BG BH BI BJ BL BO BQ BR BT BV BY CD CF CG CH CI CK CL CM CN CO CR CU CV CW CZ DE DJ DK DO DZ EC EE EG EH ER ES ET FI FM FO FR GA GE GF GL GN GP GQ GR GT GW HK HM HN HR HT HU ID IL IQ IR IS IT JO JP KG KH KM KP KR KW KZ LA LB LI LR LT LU LV LY MA MC MD ME MF MG MH MK ML MN MO MQ MR MX NC NE NF NI NL NO NU OM PA PE PF PL PM PS PT PW PY QA RE RO RS RU RW SA SD SE SG SI SJ SK SM SN SR SS ST SV SX SY TD TF TG TH TJ TK TL TM TN TR TW UA UY UZ VA VE VN WF WS YT Not for sale in: AG AU BB BD BM BN BS BW BZ CC CX CY DM FJ FK GB GD GG GH GI GM GS GY IE IM IN IO JE JM KE KI KN KY LC LK LS MM MS MT MU MV MW MY MZ NA NG NP NR NZ PG PK PN SB SC SH SL SO SZ TC TO TT TV TZ UG VC VG VU YE ZA ZM ZW
  • Supply Detail

    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: Available On Sale Date:Apr 06, 2021 Carton Quantity:12 $35.00 CAD
    $26.00 USD
  • Catalogues

Northern Spy
A Novel
By (author): Flynn Berry
9780735224995 Hardcover English General/trade Apr 06, 2021
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.28 x 0.95 in | 1.05 lb 288 pages Viking
FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
The acclaimed author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life returns with her most thrilling novel to date: the story of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA

A producer at the BBC and mother to a new baby, Tessa is at work in Belfast one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since the Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the news reporter requests the public’s help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa’s sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face.

The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland. And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.

When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn.

Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-punding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a deeply divided society.

Story Locale: Belfast, Northern Ireland

IF YOU LOVED SAY NOTHING you have to read Northern Spy. Thanks to Patrick Radden Keefe’s 2019 masterwork, as well as Anna Burns’s 2018 Booker Prize-winning novel Milkman, readers’ interest in the IRA and the Troubles has spiked. And with a raft of major recent articles reporting on the IRA’s efforts to re-arm itself in advance of Brexit, Berry’s book is incredibly timely.

A ONE-SITTING READ FROM ONE OF OUR FINEST SUSPENSE WRITERS: Northern Spy is Berry’s most compulsively readable novel yet. A “deeply interesting” writer (Claire Messud), Berry has been widely praised not only for her page-turning narratives, but also for her psychological acuity, exploration of insidious power dynamics, and stunningly precise prose.

AUTHOR RESEARCH: Berry spent months living in Belfast - her six-month-old son in tow - interviewing former and current IRA members. She depicts this milieu with breathtaking precision.

SUCCESS TO BUILD ON: Berry’s first two novels have sold a combined 100,000+ copies across formats and received rave reviews in The New York Times Book Review, Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, and many, many more.

Flynn Berry is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and the recipient of a Yaddo fellowship. Her first novel, Under the Harrow, won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and The Atlantic. Her second novel, A Double Life, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. 

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Westchester County, NY

Marketing: Online advertising

Social media and online promotion

Library promotions

FlynnBerry.com/ Twitter



Publicity: Author Events

National Print and Online Reviews and Features

Radio and Podcast Interviews



Author Website: FlynnBerry.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @FlynnBerry_

“A chilling, gorgeously written tale of a modern community poisoned by ancient grievances…Berry is a beautiful writer with a sophisticated, nuanced understanding of this most complicated of places.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Thrillingly good … Flynn Berry shows a le Carré-like flair for making you wonder what’s really going on at any given moment…Berry won an Edgar for Under the Harrow in 2017. Here comes another contender.” —The Washington Post

“[A] beguiling thriller that’s hard to put down… Even at its highest pitch, [Northern Spy] remains a human-centered story that closely examines the behavior of siblings, babies, mothers and friends.” —The Wall Street Journal

“[A] twisting thriller of espionage, competing loyalties and sisterhood…[a] title everyone will be talking about this season.” —Parade

“Taut and passionate… full of threat and heartbreak…Northern Spy will be a hit for readers of Dublin noir and tartan noir… Denise Mina and Tana French readers can also find familiar ground—but so in fact can any readers who treasure a well-plotted mystery with a powerful sense of how place and the near past can force a person to cross the lines they once felt were sacred.” —New York Journal of Books

“Berry broadens her range with the volatile Belfast setting and twisty espionage plot. Tautly told and unsentimental, Northern Spy keeps the pressure on as the Daly sisters improvise their waythrough a chilling minefield of loyalty and betrayal.” —AirMail.com 

“[A] twisting…emotional thriller…Berry’s portrayal of Irish life is uncannily accurate…dropping readers headfirst into the emotions of living in conflict.” —Booklist (starred review) 

“A taut and compassionate thriller…[and a] reflection on personal choice and consequence…A poignant and lyrical novel that asks what is worth sacrificing for peace.” —Kirkus (starred review)

 “[A] moving contemporary thriller…It’s a measure of the author’s skill that she never loses sight of the humanity of her characters. Berry remains a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly

“A sharp, moving thriller, combining motherhood and espionage, sisterhood and sacrifice. You lose your breath for adrenalin, but also in empathy: for Tessa and Finn, in those quiet nightime moments between mother and son. As tender as it is tense.” —Abigail Dean, author of Girl A

“Tense, terrifying, and briskly paced, Flynn Berry’s Northern Spy is not only a thrilling tale of espionage and conflicting loyalties in a deeply divided Northern Ireland, it is also a tender and honest portrayal of those fierce, all-consuming early days of motherhood and the complicated bonds between sisters, mothers, and daughters. A stunning story, beautifully told. I couldn’t put it down.” —Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling author of Valentine

of 117

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.