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From the winner of an Ian Fleming Silver Dagger Award, a spy who came in from the cold for today's wars.
British by birth, foreign by descent, and agnostic by conviction, Edward Henry Malik is an MI6 handler—an agent runner. For four years he has been running an agent codenamed Nightingale inside Pakistan's notorious ISI, keeping watch on its links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban and its machinations in neighboring Afghanistan, but mostly monitoring for threats to the British homeland. Then, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's killing, Nightingale is exposed and Ed's world falls apart.
Dismissed from MI6 and with his reputation in tatters, Ed returns to his roots in the immigrant enclave of Whitechapel in London's East End. He takes a job at a freight forwarding office and unexpectedly falls in love with the proprietor's daughter. It seems as if he has finally found respite from his demons. But you can't escape your past. Ed knows too much, and he has come to the attention of Major General Javid Aslam Khan—Pakistan's legendary spymaster, known as the Hidden Hand.
This lean, propulsive thriller tells a classic story of love, trust, and betrayal set against today's Great Game, while in the background swirl rumors of a one-legged mullah and a shadowy militia with the means to detonate a dirty bomb.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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From the winner of an Ian Fleming Silver Dagger Award, a spy who came in from the cold for today's wars.
British by birth, foreign by descent, and agnostic by conviction, Edward Henry Malik is an MI6 handler—an agent runner. For four years he has been running an agent codenamed Nightingale inside Pakistan's notorious ISI, keeping watch on its links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban and its machinations in neighboring Afghanistan, but mostly monitoring for threats to the British homeland. Then, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's killing, Nightingale is exposed and Ed's world falls apart.
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This lean, propulsive thriller tells a classic story of love, trust, and betrayal set against today's Great Game, while in the background swirl rumors of a one-legged mullah and a shadowy militia with the means to detonate a dirty bomb.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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        “In this hard-nosed thriller . . . Conway, a former British army officer, excels at capturing the brutality and duplicity of the ways of espionage. Many of his scenes, particularly late in the story, are disturbingly realistic, with magnetism that plays out before your unblinking eyes."

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      • source: Booklist
      • content: “Conway's lean and propulsive prose makes the moral murk of deceit and betrayal compelling, and his take on the historic price of British involvement in the Middle East rings true."
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      • source: BookPage
      • content: “If you're in the mood for duplicity, violence and behind-the-scenes political deal-making, you've come to the right place. Conway delivers in such an authoritative manner that the reader may suspect this is a true story that never quite made it to the headlines."
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      • source: Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author
      • content: "From first to last, The Agent Runner is smart, authoritative and completely immersive, a pleasure to read. Simon Conway knows his espionage and, equally important, knows how to write. This is a terrific thriller."
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      • source: Eliot Pattison, award-winning author of the Inspector Shan series
      • content: “Conway is a master of taut, evocative prose, delivering blanching terror at a relentless pace. The Agent Runner is a dazzling tale of the wrenching human toll wrought by clandestine geopolitics."
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      • source: Stephen Alter, author of The Rataban Betrayal
      • content: "An edgy, brutal thriller that serves up a dangerous cocktail of double agents, nasty sex, drugs and sadistic torture. Simon Conway takes us behind the headlines in Pakistan and Afghanistan, unveiling a grotesque nightmare of betrayal, violence and political vendettas in the aftermath of 9/11. Every page contains a hidden landmine and nobody is spared. An explosive read, right down to the final paragraph."
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      • source: Jon Snow, broadcaster, Channel 4 News
      • content: "Vivid, true to life, brilliantly written, The Agent Runner by Simon Conway is OUTSTANDING!"
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      • source: Tim Butcher, author of Blood River
      • content: “A thumping read that joins the dots in the War on Terror. Conway writes with passion and authority."
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      • source: Spectator (for A Loyal Spy)
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      • content: “Conway has concocted a credible, and wholly cynical, tale of dirt, death, and double-dealing."
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        November 7, 2016
        In this hard-nosed thriller from Steel Dagger Award–winner Conway (A Loyal Spy), a British agent tries to redeem himself after a professional miscalculation. Set primarily in Pakistan, the plot focuses on MI6 handler Ed Malik’s supervision of a spy code-named Nightingale, now in his fourth year of infiltrating Pakistan’s ISI security service. Malik’s bosses, however, blame him for not knowing about the American mission to steal into Pakistan and kill Osama bin Laden. Called home and eventually dismissed, Malik takes a job in a freight office and falls in love with the owner’s daughter. Meanwhile, he’s plotting his return to MI6, and eventually the opportunity arises. He flies to Lahore for one final mission, this time to take out Pakistan’s legendary spymaster, Maj.-Gen. Javid Aslan Khan, known as the Hidden Hand. Conway, a former British army officer, excels at capturing the brutality and duplicity of the ways of espionage. Many of his scenes, particularly late in the story, are disturbingly realistic, with magnetism that plays out before your unblinking eyes.

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        November 15, 2016
        A fictionalized account of events before and after the killing of Osama bin Laden, seen through the eyes of two men on opposite sides of the conflict.April, 2011. The title character, MI6 officer Ed Malik, has a tense meeting in Kabul with the British ambassador to Afghanistan, who, unlike Malik, favors force over diplomacy in international relations. Malik's job managing agents to gather intelligence is immensely challenging. Lately he's been trying out an agent code-named Nightingale, a pretentious and unpredictable man embedded in Pakistan, who wants permission to befriend Noman Butt, a terrorist officer the reader learns is working directly with the hidden bin Laden. Virtually born into the conflict, Noman's path was set when his mother's death from oppressive heat consigned him to an orphanage at the tender age of 4. He's dismayed by American attacks nearing bin Laden's location. Though there seems no other explanation, Noman is slow to believe that his friend Tariq is the traitor Malik knows as Nightingale. Ed realizes that Nightingale is trapped with little possibility of escape and will probably be sacrificed for the mission. While he's on the phone with the terrified young man, there's an ominous gunshot and an unidentified man takes hold of the receiver at the other end. Returning to Britain, Ed is suspended and resolves to make a bold move in order to regain his confidence and reputation, setting himself up against Noman. Conway (Rock Creek Park, 2012, etc.) finds an offbeat way to recast an iconic piece of recent history through the personal stories of a pair of vastly different characters.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        December 1, 2016
        Conway's U.S. debut makes an energetic case for Pakistan being the craziest place in the Middle East, if not the world. Javid Aslam Khan, the brilliant head of the country's formidable ISI spy agency, dashes around the country making deals with fractious warlords and possibly abetting the development of a dirty bomb by a group in the tribal areas, even though he's on the payroll of Britain and the U.S. Khan's handpicked deputy and son-in-law, Noman Butt, was a Hindu orphan forced to convert to Islam whose lifelong rage and cunning, fueled by a salad of drugs, has him thinking about deposing, or disposing of, Khan. In Britain, Samantha Burns, the elfin head of MI6, cashiers agent runner Ed Malik, a mixed-race Muslim Brit, only to draw him back for a black op to get Khan that delivers him into the terrifying hands of Butt. Conway's lean and propulsive prose makes the moral murk of deceit and betrayal compelling, and his take on the historic price of British involvement in the Middle East rings true.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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British by birth, foreign by descent, and agnostic by conviction, Edward Henry Malik is an MI6 handler—an agent runner. For four years he has been running an agent codenamed Nightingale inside Pakistan's notorious ISI, keeping watch on its links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban and its machinations in neighboring Afghanistan, but mostly monitoring for threats to the British homeland. Then, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's killing, Nightingale is exposed and Ed's world falls apart.
Dismissed from MI6 and with his reputation in tatters, Ed returns to his roots in the immigrant enclave of Whitechapel in London's East End. He takes a job at a freight forwarding office and unexpectedly falls in love with the proprietor's daughter. It seems as if he has finally found respite from his demons. But you can't escape your past. Ed knows too much, and he has come to the...
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