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Dark Arena by Jack Beaumont

There seems to have been a spike in the number of ex-intelligence officers writing espionage novels recently – and they know what they’re talking about. Among them are David McCloskey and IS Berry in America, and James Wolff and Charles Beaumont in Britain. Dark Arena…
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Shell Game

Written by Sara Paretsky — The shell game goes back centuries. It’s that tricksy little number so beloved of magicians and roadside shysters, whereby a person is duped into betting on which cup/walnut shell/bottle top hides an item. There’s even an Hieronymus Bosch painting, entitled…
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Jihadi: A Love Story

Yusuf Toropov’s novel deals with topics that may seem more at home on the pages of the daily papers – like terrorism and torture. Told alternately by the prisoner Ali Liddell and his interrogator/torturer/former partner, it recounts the tension between occupying forces and fundamentalists in The Islamic Republic, a…
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Jihadi: A Love Story

Written by Yusuf Toropov — The word ‘jihadi’ conjures up a very distinct image in the minds of most westerners: masked men in the desert clutching AK-47s, standing over their victims. It’s a preconception that’s far removed from the two so-called jihadis involved in this self-proclaimed love story. The word…
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The Abrupt Physics of Dying

Written by Paul E Hardisty — Anyone who has traveled through the Arab world or knows a little Arabic will know the phrase in’shallah – God willing. It’s a catch-all phrase covering anything from the weather to your chances of making it through the night…
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