Dead Spy Running by Jon Stock

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Daniel Marchant, a suspended MI6 officer, is running the London Marathon. He is also running out of time. A competitor is strapped with explosives, and if he drops his pace, everyone around him will be killed, including the U.S. ambassador to London.

            Marchant tries to thwart the attack, but is he secretly working for the terrorists? There are those who already suspect him of treachery. Just like they suspected his late father, the former head of MI6, who was removed from his job and accused of treason.

            On the run from the CIA, Marchant is determined to prove his father’s innocence. His quest to do so takes him from the streets of London to India, where the U.S. president is due for his first visit. Marchant soon finds that to clear his family’s name he will have to expose a plot that could throw world politics into chaos.

            In Dead Spy Running, Jon Stock delivers a breakneck thriller that updates the spy novel for the twenty-first century.


About Jon Stock

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JON STOCK, a former Delhi correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, writes a column for The Week magazine in India, and has contributed to BBC Radio 4. He is the author of Dead Spy Running as well as two previous novels. He lives in Wiltshire, UK.
Published October 26, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Not only is he not treated as a hero after preventing an Indian bomber from blowing up the American ambassador at a London marathon Marchant is running with his fellow spy and romantic partner, Leila, he is accused by his father's opponents in British and American intelligence of being part of th...

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Veteran British newsman Stock (The Riot Act) fuses the cerebral complexity and cool prose of early le Carré with a tough, smart hero modeled on Jason Bourne in this excellent spy thriller, the first in a projected trilogy.

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Learning that Spiro broke their agreement about keeping Marchant in Britain, Fielding breaks Marchant out of custody and sends him to India to hunt down Dhar.

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Betrayed by a mole, set up by MI5 and tortured by the CIA, Daniel is rescued only to be cut loose on a lone mission to find the terrorist who might, perversely, clear his family name.

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