Fatal Game
Nicholas Searle

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Narrated By: Matthew Spencer

Duration: 8 hours and 5 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Fatal Game written by Nicholas Searle, read by Matthew Spencer.

A terrorist attack has just hit a busy railway station. Jake Winter was the British intelligence officer in charge of stopping the attack and now his career, and his conscience, are in freefall . . .

Jake's next anti-terror operation has to be a success. He has got himself a new source - a young British Asian man, Rashid, recently returned, apparently disillusioned, from battle, who he hopes is the key to foiling the next attack and to getting Jake to the leader of the network. But is Rashid really working for British intelligence, or has Jake put his faith in the wrong man once again?

A Fatal Game is the story of an organization, and a single man, in a state of panic. And panic is the last thing you need when you're playing a game like this . . .


Espionage and spy thriller, Political / legal thriller, Psychological thriller

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Searle has fun with the office politics of the intelligence world, and is thoughtful about the ethics of espionage . . . it seems something akin to poetry can be the best medium for expressing the practicalities of the hard-nosed business of espionage.

– The Telegraph, The 31 best thrillers and crime novels of 2019 so far

Meticulously plotted, with wonderfully drawn characters and an elegant prose style that makes this every bit as compelling as Searle's stirring debut

Daily Mail on 'The Good Liar'

A thought-provoking read that bursts with tension

Financial Times

A spy thriller with extra authority

Jonathan Freedland, Guardian

Former intelligence officer turned crime writer Searle is stepping into the gap left by John le Carré


An assured thriller debut in the footsteps of le Carré, Highsmith and Rendell

Guardian on 'The Good Liar'

This is set to be one of the books of the year that will get everyone talking ... you will have your socks knocked, nay, blown off

Stylist on 'The Good Liar'

All the ingredients are in this book...You're in safe hands with Searle's elegant writing

The Times on 'The Good Liar'

Unbearably tense

Telegraph on 'A Traitor in the Family'

'It reminded me strongly of John le Carré ... this is high praise'