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The Traitor – Ava Glass

The Traitor is the second book in the Emma Makepeace series, I really enjoyed book one – The Chase – and was delighted to be asked to review book two. Written by Ava Glass and published on 14th September by Penguin.

…meet Britain’s female Bond!

From the glittering shores of St. Tropez to the sun-drenched streets of Barcelona, The Traitor is former spy insider Ava Glass’s high-octane thriller set in the billionaires’ playground of the glamourous French Riviera.  

A dead body in a padlocked suitcase, chemical weapons, and an MI5 traitor selling secrets to the Russians sets the scene for British agent Emma Makepeace’s thrill packed mission on the med.     

Emma must go undercover, working below deck as a crew member on luxury super yacht The Eden. Setting sail from St Tropez, The Eden’s Russian owner and his bikini-clad supermodel girlfriend are under surveillance by MI6, suspected of procuring illegal weapons from the UK. 

Out at sea with no escape, Emma must tread carefully as she races to uncover who the traitor on board the oligarch’s yacht is.  Witnessing a murder and with her cover wearing increasingly thin, one false move and she could be dead. As the hunt intensifies, Emma must find the traitor before he finds her. 

From a glittering yacht party to a powerboat chase over deadly rocks, and from living below deck to being hunted through the streets of Barcelona, never before has the turquoise sea and golden sands of the Rivera been so deadly. 

If you love The White Lotus, you will devour Ava Glass’s second novel The Traitor – and fans of Ava Glass’ 2020 debut The Chase (which is currently shortlisted for Best Spy Novel at the 2023 Crime Writer Awards) will not be disappointed. 

A massive new talent in British fiction, Ava Glass’s storytelling is complex and finely crafted, combining twisting plotlines, intelligent dialogue and ambiguous characters, all skilfully brought together in an epic climax. Never before has spy fiction been so nail-bitingly real.

Our author – Ava Glass

The Traitor is the highly anticipated follow up to Ava Glass’ 2022 debut spy thriller The Chase

The Chase is currently shortlisted for Best Spy Novel at the 2023 Crime Writer Awards alongside established names including Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) and Linwood Barclay. No small feat for a debut novelist. 

Film rights to The Chase and The Traitor have been acquired by Ink Factory, producers of The Night Manager, who are currently working on a pilot in conjunction with Sky Atlantic, now in the final stages of editing. Next step will be casting!  

Ava Glass is a former civil servant with the highest security clearance bar one.  She has seen just enough of the inner workings of espionage to ensure that she will always be fascinated by spies. 

Prior to working at the home office, Ava Glass worked as a crime reporter, covering multiple homicides, making her writing both fresh and dangerously believable.

My Review – The Traitor

Hold onto your seats, your in for a fast paced ride on this – The Traitor is a whip snapping ride of Russians, money, designer goods and during all this Emma Makepeace, a spy for MI6 has been brought in, to go under cover as Jessica Marshall on The Eden, an enormous yacht owned by a mega rich Russian – Andrei Volkov. She’s there too find out who, along with Volkov he is dealing weapons to, worth millions, but that could saves the lives of millions of people too if she can stop them.

On the yacht Jessica manages to befriend her fellow staff and Volkov’s girlfriend, Madison – his wife and family are tucked safely away to protect them. But Volkov isn’t stupid and wants to know who Jessica is and who she’s working for, he takes her only form of contact to the outside world – her phone and so stops her contacting Ripley – her MI6 team leader – if she’s in danger. She on her own, out at sea, with no way of saving herself or anyone else. But Emma isn’t stupid and doesn’t take risks, not ones she doesn’t think she can overcome anyway. So how the heck is she going to do this….. I’m not saying anymore, other than to add that this is a series you do not want to miss.

The Traitor is just brilliant, I was honestly not sure about reading Ava’s first book, but was so engrossed in it, and pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, I jumped at the chance to read her second – The Traitor. My only problem with it is, as soon as I finish, I’m left wanting more!

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“Nonstop heart-pumping action and multiple twists and turns. I could not have loved it more.” 

Lisa Jewell

“A worthy heir to the James Bond mantel.” James Patterson

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