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One man missing from the graveside.
The traitor accused of his murder.
Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion's den - but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives?
In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, James Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.
Discover the latest chapter in the world of 007, brought thrillingly to life by Sunday Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
PRAISE FOR TRIGGER MORTIS AND FOREVER AND A DAY:
'Ian Fleming would be proud' - GUARDIAN
'Fast-paced, skilfully written . . . leaves you wanting more' - THE TIMES
'A worthy successor to Ian Fleming, putting 007 back in his true domain' - THE SCOTSMAN
'So cunningly crafted and thrillingly placed that 007's creator would have been happy to own it' - FINANCIAL TIMES
'Exciting high drama . . . Horowitz stays loyal to the fabulous Fleming formula' - DAILY EXPRESS
© Anthony Horowitz 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022
British. Extensive bibliography: YA and adult, thrillers, mysteries, fantasy, horror, a couple of Sherlock Holmes novels and a James Bond novel Trigger Mortis (2015), as well as plays for stage and screen, e.g. Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Spielberg’s Tintin, Foyle’s War, Collision, Injustice, New Blood, the list goes on. He’s late sixtes now, and must be running out of ideas, because he’s written another Bond novel. In fairness to Mr H, he might have been contracted to write a second one.
The last completed Bond novel by Ian Fleming, The Man With The Golden Gun (1965), was possibly his most preposterous. I take that back. It was the most preposterous. This one follows on immediately after, and opens with JB returning from Jamaica where he’s been recuperating from the poisoned gunshot wound inflicted on him by the nefarious Francisco Scaramanga. (Sounds like a Japanese comic to me, but what would I know?) For those who don’t recall, Bond hit the unlamented Scaramanga with a lot more than one bullet.) Bond gets sent back to Russia to kill bad guys. Yada, yada. He does, in suitably preposterous fashion.
Mr Horowitz is an extremely skilled writer who evokes the period, and imitates the style of Fleming flawlessly, which is a pity because I thought Fleming’s prose sucked first time around. Now it’s outdated suck.
Two stars for Mr Horowitz’s skill as a writer, another for Rory Kinnear’s narration.