The Silent War (Paperback)
Every family has its secrets--some are worth killing for.
As the head of Swedish Intelligence in Brussels, Bente Jensen has many enemies, even among those who ought to be her allies--such as Jonathan Green of MI6. In a city heaving with competing espionage agencies, he is the person she fears and distrusts most. She has good reason. They share a past.
Green has been part of an MI6 conspiracy to hold, interrogate, torture, and kill its political prisoners in a safe house in Syria. This explosive information has been leaked to Bente by a conscience-stricken British operative. When it is clear she can expose this operation, MI6 uses its full arsenal of dirty tricks to shame her, disgrace her, destroy her relationships, and remove her from active service.
But Green's private life has more in common with Bente's than he cares to admit. He is far from fireproof himself. Both spies will find themselves targets of the UK establishment's precisely calculated revenge.
Like its highly acclaimed predecessor Into A Raging Blaze, Andreas Norman's new novel is a morally and politically complex international thriller. Its nail-biting plot and sympathetic characters show the tragic human consequences of private and public treachery.
About the Author
Andreas Norman is a former diplomat who worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ten years on security issues and counterterrorism. Into a Raging Blaze was Norman's debut novel. It anticipated the Edward Snowden revelations, received international acclaim, and was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award.
Ian Giles has a PhD in Scandinavian literature from the University of Edinburgh. He translates fiction and nonfiction from Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, and is the chair of the Swedish-English Literary Translator's Association.
thought-provoking thriller will leave readers pondering the bedeviling
eternal question: should evil ever be done so that good may result?"—--- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"With a credible plot and believable characters, this is a high-tension thriller of dirty tricks and calculated revenge."
—--- CHOICE Magazine
"This impressive novel shifts between Brussels, London and Syria in a horrifying and moving exploration of different kinds of betrayal."
—--- Literary Review
"Norman is an innovative stylist: the fast-paced narrative, fluently rendered in translation by Ian Giles, is written in the third person present tense with an omniscient narrator. This brings a sense of intimacy that is almost claustrophobic, especially at the roller-coaster climax"
—--- Financial Times