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Simon Berthon A Secret worth Killing For

a secret worth killing for

originally Published as Woman of State

(HarperCollins 2017 hardback, 2018 paperback)


“A stunning debut novel… could not be more timely” – Gavin Esler

Stella Rimington meets State of Play in this smart political thriller for a new generation of Le Carré fans.


1991, Belfast. Maire Anne McCartney is recruited for a one-off IRA mission as a honey trap. She is told there will be no violence. But she has been lied to. To save herself, eighteen-year-old Maire must flee across the border alone, and start a new life.


Present day, London. Human rights lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is appointed Minister of State for Security and Immigration. At the same time, the police in Belfast receive an anonymous tip-off. The password is verified from The Troubles – and the co-ordinates lead DCI Jon Carne to a field. And a body.


The new Minister receives a message and realises that the new life she has crafted is at risk of being uncovered. And when Carne’s investigation brings Anne-Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie…

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