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Publisher Description

He had never killed anyone who hadn’t deserved it. The means always justified the end. He didn’t need forgiveness. He needed justification. The greater good.

Battered war correspondent John Bailey is a man living on the edge. He’s haunted by nightmares of being kidnapped and tortured in Iraq and he’s drinking too much to drown the memories. As he battles to get his life back together, a story breaks that will force him back into the spotlight – and into the crosshairs of a deadly international player.

When a beautiful prostitute is found murdered in her luxury Sydney apartment, Bailey is ordered to cover the story by The Journal’s editor and his old friend, Gerald Summers, because he can’t trust anyone else.

One of the victim’s clients, a key advisor to the Defence Minister, is chief suspect in her murder and he’s on the run. When he contacts Bailey, claiming to have information that will bring down the government, the stakes become deadly. To complicate matters, the investigating police detective is the woman Bailey walked out on a decade ago.

When a ruthless CIA fixer turns up, followed by a murderous Chinese agent hot on his trail, Bailey realises he has stumbled onto the story of a lifetime – one that he may not live to tell.


‘Who needs Jason Bourne when you can have John Bailey?’ Chris Bath

‘If Rake were a journalist, with a talent that equals his capacity to survive being beaten up, Bailey would be him.’ Julia Baird

‘Bailey proves nothing is more dangerous than a man who can fall no further. An absolute cracker of a thriller.’ Chris Uhlmann

Crime & Thrillers
23 April
Simon & Schuster Australia
Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd.

Customer Reviews

xxxxmariexxxx ,

Great read

Brutal description of torture thankfully kept to a minimum. I read it cover to cover, I just couldn’t stop reading it. The characters were easy to picture in my mind. The ending was a surprise albeit reminding me very much of a prime minister in Victoria only a few decades ago. Am eagerly waiting for the next sooty.

Milodark ,

Good story bro

Enthralling storey but copied Rake. Descriptions of inner Sydney are inaccurate which made those bits incredulous.

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