Published in Britain and the US under the nom-de-plume of Kendal J Peel (‘d’ye ken John Peel’), Tom Stacey tells the story of Daniel Schofield, an oddball Englishman heading a Saudi-Based landscape gardening team, who conceives a crime on n unheard-of scale, in the cause of a Dostoyevskian will for havoc and at fearful risk to its perpetrator. It is set at the end of the 1970s at the brink of an Arab assault upon Israel.
‘Topkapi-style suspense and sophisticated political intrigue … the strong narrative is memorable for more than just plot. Thrillers of this kind are really novels with a backbone.’
– Daily Telegraph
‘A novel that runs rings round the average Fort Knox rip-off… Sophisticated writing keeps it plausible to the end (with) an authentic nostrilful of dust, lust and corkscrew intrigue, and one fat mincing arms-dealer emanating rose-water and menace whom Eric Ambler himself could hardly improve on.’
– The Observer