A Time to Lie

By Simon Berthon

An explosive, fast-paced espionage thriller for fans of Frank Gardner and Mick Herron.

‘Dark and twisted, A Time to Lie is a tense and timely novel’ Adam Hamdy

A divisive prime minister. A long-buried body. A plot to bring him down…

The bigger the secret the more dangerous it is to lie…

On the morning of the Tory Party conference, the bones of a young woman’s hand are discovered in a London building site.

Jed Fowkes, Special Adviser at the Treasury, confronts Prime Minister Robin Sandford with a terrible accusation. He claims the hand belongs to someone they once knew well: a young woman whom Sandford murdered years ago.

With his career on the brink of ruin, the Prime Minister’s only hope is to enlist the unofficial help of MI5. A decision which leads him into a new world of espionage, illegal trafficking and murder.

And the deeper he goes, the more treacherous the game becomes. Because now it’s not just his life on the line; it’s the future of the state itself…

‘A pulse-pounding thrill-ride that hooked me from the chilling opening, A Time To Lie delivers on every, explosive level’ Chris Whitaker

‘Dark and twisted, A Time To Lie is a tense and timely novel’ Adam Hamdy

Perfect for fans of TM Logan, Ruth Ware and Matthew Hart.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 10 Dec 2020
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-00-821446-3
Simon Berthon is a BAFTA award-winning and highly acclaimed investigative film-maker and journalist who lives in London.He has spent much of his life delving into the secrets of state, and has written non-fiction books under another name.

”'Classy novel. Simon Berthon is a deft guide to the darker recesses of a fictional British state. A well-crafted, informed thriller” - Financial Times

”'For those seeking a light break from real political intrigue, I recommend new political thriller A Time to Lie by distinguished TV producer Simon Berthon. A light summer read, it’s an amusingly accurate portrayal of modern politics and journalism” - Michael Crick

”'Entertaining and shocking. Full of good characters and interesting relationships, this is not only a clever thriller but also an indictment of the way the UK’s political system works” - Literary Review

”'A pleasantly thrilling read … the scene setting and tension building is masterful … I was completely absorbed” - Daily Record

”'With deception at every turn, Berthon delivers masterful character development amid a tangle of sub-plots that both disguise and enrich the main story arc. Cleverly paced and meticulously planned, A Time To Lie will have you racing toward the ending, where politics and journalism collide in a bid to uncover the truth” - Press Association

”'Brims with tension . . . Masterful characterisation and a maze of sub-plots enrich this cleverly paced thriller” - Sunday Post

”'A brilliant book . . . wonderful, indulgent, devilishly entertaining . . . there’s a truthfulness, an authenticity . . . a rip-roaring read, it’s going to cause much sleep deprivation” - Mark Dolan, Talk Radio.

”'One of five big releases … A political thriller about a corrupt prime minister embroiled in a murder scandal” - Independent

”'An insightful journey through corridors of power walked by those with terrible secrets. Dark and twisted, A Time to Lie is a tense and timely novel” - Adam Hamdy

”'A pulse-pounding thrill-ride that hooked me from the chilling opening, A Time To Lie delivers on every, explosive level” - Chris Whitaker

”'Utterly gripping from the first chapter to the unexpected ending” - Gavin Esler

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