Thomas Dunne Books
A bright Blackheath morning and it was already hot, too hot for twenty-six miles. Daniel Marchant scanned the crowd and wondered again why he was about to run a marathon. Thousands of people were stretching in the early sunshine, massaging limbs, sipping at water. It was like the stillness before battle. A woman in a baseball cap strapped an iPod to her arm; the man beside him tied and retied his laces. Another runner poured water over his hair and shook it like a dog, droplets catching the light. Whatever it takes, Marchant thought. In his case, too much Scotch
“As elegant as Le Carré and as cynical as the Twenty-First Century.”
--Lee Child, author of 61 Hours
"As strong as Bourne, as clever as Bond, but with a voice set for Generation Next, Jon Stock has done the impossible in Daniel Marchant and created THE new spy, a living, breathing human, whose own unpredictability suits perfectly our unpredictable world.'"
--Stephen Gaghan, Oscar-winning writer of Traffic
"Smart, classy, and relentlessly gripping, Dead Spy Running grabs the reader and doesn't let go. I couldn't quit turning the pages -- like Daniel Marchant running the London marathon, I couldn't stop."
--Meg Gardiner, author of China Lake
"Dead Spy Running is a rip-roaring race of a read that never lets up until the finishing tape -- and a bit beyond."
--Robert Goddard, author of Into the Blue
"An elegant, unstoppable front runner of a spy thriller."
--The Observer (UK)
"The sophistication of John Le Carré or David Ignatius...this is a Jason Bourne sweat-fest with George Smiley's brain."
--Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Protagonist Daniel Marchant is the perfect post-Bond spy.... Move over, Jason Bourne."--Bookpage
"Stock, a veteran British journalist with Indian experience, combines LeCarré-style cerebral gamesmanship and bureaucratic maneuvering with the best of thriller action in this character-driven spy novel. Stock's prose is swift and sure, his characters well drawn and the action twisty and relentless. Stock has brought the literary spy novel into the 21st century."--Portsmouth Herald
"Stock, a veteran British journalist with Indian experience, combines LeCarre-style cerebral gamesmanship and bureacratic maneuvering with the best of thriller action in this character-driven spy novel. . . . Stock has brought the literary spy novel into the 21st century."--Sea Coast Online