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THE TRUTH ITSELF (as James Rayburn)
NOWHERE
MAN DOWN
SACRIFICES
CAPTURE
DUST DEVILS
WAKE UP DEAD
MIXED BLOOD
ISHMAEL TOFFEE (a novella)
VILE BLOOD (as Max Wilde)


A school shooting in snowbound Vermont.


An American journalist beheaded in war-torn Syria.


A passenger jet exploding in the Thai jungle.


Everything connects to Kate Swift, CIA assassin-turned-whistleblower, on the run from a sinister intelligence unit.


With her six-year-old daughter, Suzie, she flees across the Canadian border to begin a perilous journey to Berlin and then Thailand in search of the only man who can keep them alive: Harry Hook, a disgraced ex-CIA case officer living rough in the wilderness, battling the bottle and ghosts from his past.


Can Hook conjure an inspired but desperate plan that will save Kate and Suzie and bring him the redemption he yearns for?


U.S. publisher Blackstone has bought world English rights to THE TRUTH ITSELF  in a two-book deal and will release it in print, ebook and audio. The book is already out in German and has made the prestigious Krimbestenliste Top 10, with French and Romanian translations to follow.



PRAISE FOR THE TRUTH ITSELF


"As hard as nails, fast-paced and precise." Playboy

"A high-tempo thriller set in the shadowy world of espionage and off-the-books covert ops with a thrilling conclusion in Thailand." CrimeFictionLover

"Excellent. A tough, expert thriller that's impossible to put down." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)

"A great commentary on how the notion of patriotism has been auctioned off." Dead End Follies

"A brutal, hard-edged story with ingenious plot twists." Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

"Develops a tremendous velocity that one cannot escape until the end." Berliner Zeitung (Germany)

"A dazzlingly skillful international thriller." Radio Germany



Roger Smith