The Searcher

Chris Morgan Jones

26 January 2017
464 pages


Taking readers deep into the underbelly of international espionage, comes a meticulously crafted spy-thriller from Chris Morgan Jones in The Searcher, continuing the legacy of his acclaimed The Agent of Deceit.

Isaac Hammer is under arrest, ensnared by the law for crimes he didn’t commit. The police have proof that his company, a private London intelligence agency, has broken a dozen laws - tapping phones, hacking emails, bribing police - and now he must face the consequences. But this wasn't Hammer's work, or his style. This was all Ben Webster, and now Webster is missing.

Released from custody, Hammer embarks on a perilous journey to Tbilisi, Georgia, navigating a rabbit hole of spies, criminals, and unseen threats. Every step leads him closer to an unsettling truth, coaxing out shadows ready to snuff out his existence.

For fans of thrillers echoing with suspense and penned in the traditions of John Le Carre and Charles Cumming, The Searcher is an electrifying drama brimming with secrets and high-stakes action.

Morgan Jones does invite comparison with Le Carré . . . mesmerizing stuff
Jones is in complete control with this, his third novel featuring Webster and Hammer. In the previous two Hammer played a supporting role. Here, he proves himself a lead player of great appeal, combining deep intelligence with just the right amount of dash. Suspenseful from start to finish, with plenty of regional colour informing the narrative, Jones' third spy thriller is a flawless piece of storytelling.
Hammer proves to be as good a leading man as Webster smart, instinctive, nobody's fool. More captivating, however, is Jones's sensory portrait of Georgia, where human behavior is brutish and unfeeling one moment, big-hearted and gentle the next