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The Traitor by Ava Glass : a review

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The Traitor by Ava Glass

  • Category : Thriller
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (14 Sept. 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1804940097
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1804940099
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The Traitor Summary

LONDON. EARLY MORNING.

A body is found in a padlocked suitcase.

Investigator Emma Makepeace knows it’s murder. And it’s personal.

She quickly establishes that the dead man had been shadowing two oligarchs suspected of procuring illegal weapons in the UK. And it seems likely that an insider working deep within the British government is helping them.

To find out who the traitor is, Emma goes deep undercover on a superyacht owned by one of the oligarchs.

But the glamorous veneer of the rich hides dark secrets. Out at sea, Emma is both hunter and prey, and no one can protect her.

Never has the turquoise sea and golden sands of the Rivera seemed so dangerous.

As the hunt intensifies, Emma knows that she is in mortal danger. And that she needs to find the traitor before they find her …

The Traitor Review

Emma Makepeace works for a unit within MI6 that is so secretive it isn’t listed as a government agency. Tasked with investigating Russian spies and headed up by Charles Ripley, they spring into action when an MI6 worker is found dead in a suitcase. He had been investigating some Russian oligarchs and had got a little too close to discovering the truth.

In order to find out who has killed her colleague, Emma goes undercover. Working on an oligarch’s yacht in order to discover the truth, if she is found out she will be killed. As she gets closer to the answer, the stakes get higher and the danger increases. Will she get found out?

The Traitor is an excellent, fast-paced thriller with a likeable character in Emma. The chapters are short and there is action all the way through the book. I was rooting for her as she started working on the boat and prayed that she wouldn’t get discovered.

This is the first spy thriller I have read for a long time and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. Emma is a believable, competent and intelligent spy and that shines through.

I couldn’t put this down, and look forward to the next instalment.

About the Author

The Traitor is the highly anticipated follow up to Ava Glass’ 2022 debut spy thriller The Chase.

The Chase is currently shortlisted for Best Spy Novel at the 2023 Crime Writer Awards alongside established names including Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) and Linwood Barclay. No small feat for a debut novelist.

Film rights to The Chase and The Traitor have been acquired by Ink Factory, producers of The Night Manager, who are currently working on a pilot in conjunction with Sky Atlantic, now in the final stages of editing. Next step will be casting!  

Ava Glass is a former civil servant with the highest security clearance bar one.  She has seen just enough of the inner workings of espionage to ensure that she will always be fascinated by spies.

Prior to working at the home office, Ava Glass worked as a crime reporter, covering multiple homicides, making her writing both fresh and dangerously believable.

Twitter @avaglassbooks

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