An intriguing thriller, it starts off with a job offer, which unleashes a whole maelstrom of events. Nicole is sent from London down to Cornwall by her company, Venstrom, a big player in the world of computer gaming. A talented player has been unearthed there, an unwitting genius that has the ability to beat Venstrom's computer program time and time again, which nobody should even come close to. Nicole's job is to go to Cornwall, identify the talent, and offer him a job with the company. Simple right? WRONG!
Nicole's plan quickly hits a major snag, The talented player, a young man named Joe, is in the employ of a local man, to whom he offers tips on stocks and shares, apparently very lucratively. So much so that his employer is not going to let him go, and soon Nicole finds herself threatened, and nearly killed.
Nicole finds herself on the run with the most unlikely of allies, and soon learns that she is an unwitting pawn in a game of cat and mouse that goes back to the time of the cold war. The question now isn't will she manage to reel Joe in for her company, it's will she even survive the attempt?
This is another winner from Robert Goddard, an unputdownable novel full of suspense, as we race from one side of England to the other, not really knowing where we stand or what the opposition is up to. Even though I had a few quibbles with the narrative, mainly, if Joe was such a big fish, why was a minor player in the company like Nicole sent to headhunt him? Another was that in all that was going on the authorities were conspicuous in their absence. But these were minor things and didn't really detract from what is a really good, timely, thriller. Recommended.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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