Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Keep Calm

Keep Calm

A Thriller

Mike Binder

Henry Holt and Co.




"Starts with a bang and never slows down--a very superior high-stakes thriller." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

When a bombing at 10 Downing Street wounds the Prime Minister and tests Great Britain's resolve, American ex-cop Adam Tatum must confront a conspiracy in the highest halls of power

Former Michigan detective Adam Tatum receives an unexpected offer, a golden opportunity that seems almost too good to be true. He travels to 10 Downing Street to participate in a high-stakes conference. Immediately after his visit, a bomb detonates, wounding the prime minister and placing Adam Tatum squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion.

Sensing a setup, Tatum flees with his family, desperately fighting for survival in an unfamiliar country. The lives of his children, the future of his marriage, and the fate of a nation depend on Tatum exposing the conspirators who pegged him for a fall.

Georgia Turnbull, the chancellor of the exchequer, and Davina Steel, the lead investigator, both stand to gain from the successful manhunt of Adam Tatum. But, as motives emerge and desires ignite, each must decide what they're really after.

Layered plots, crackling dialogue, and propulsive action mark Keep Calm, the riveting debut thriller from award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Mike Binder.



The bomb went off at 10 Downing Street just after six p.m. Georgia had been in the small private bathroom off her office at Number 11, trying once again, as usual, to make some sense of her hair before she...


Praise for Keep Calm

"[G]ripping...a tense political thriller....[A] tale of betrayal at the highest levels of government and business."
Publishers Weekly

"Binder has produced an elegant thriller, with a plot that uncurls so effortlessly the reader is guyed along as easily as the hero...Binder is so good he can blend family drama with darker goings-on without weakening either...Binder involves us in the characters’ emotional lives to a jarring degree. When a brutalized cop gets revenge on her tormentor, we worry about her. A good man we’ve come to like is killed, and we nearly drop the book. And when we learn which high-level government official is behind the plot, for a moment we don’t believe it. A thriller with resonance."

"This fast-paced thriller shows off Binder's Hollywood chops."

“Starts with a bang and never slows down--a very superior high-stakes thriller.”
—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Already a wonderful storyteller in film, Mike Binder explodes on the pages of Keep Calm as a hugely gifted word-shaper of action, character, and riveting events. A wildly impressive debut.”
—Mitch Albom, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Binder’s considerable storytelling prowess has not only survived his transition to prose, it has thrived. Keep Calm is a complex and gripping thriller that keeps you riveted from the first page to the last.”
—Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This is Where I Leave You

“Great action, great characters, a tough book to put down once you start. Mike Binder is my favorite new thriller author.”
Sam Raimi, director of The Evil Dead and Spider-Man

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About the author

Mike Binder

Mike Binder is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer. His latest film is Black or White, starring Kevin Costner. Keep Calm is his first novel.

Mike Binder

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