Plunging behind the political curtain of Churchill's World War II coalition government, where plotting and manipulation run rampant and turning in spies is a matter of global security, Dead Man Walking is Toby Oliver's latest gripping thriller featuring Superintendent Luke Garvan and Major Spencer Hall.
When Lord Oakways is found murdered in his London home, a DCI working the crime scene stumbles upon some potentially damning evidence in the cabinet minister's diary: a meeting with Toniolo, a suspected Soviet spy operating at the heart of British government. The case is handed over to Garvan and Hall, whose investigation centers on two suspects: foreign minister Jeremy Haining, a close friend of Oakways and former left-wing firebrand, and Jamie Burdis, the disgruntled former foreign minister known for being a flagrant philanderer.
With the successful D-day landings, the Allied forces' victory seems more and more certain-as does a seemingly inevitable face-off with the Soviets.
Garvan and Hall race to solve the murder and unmask the spy, but the more they dig, the more complex the web of betrayal appears to be.
Who is Toniolo? And can they find him, or her, before it's too late?
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About the Author
Novelist Toby Oliver holds a degree in politics and had a long career working as a civil servant in London before resettling in West Sussex with his family. An avid reader, he was eventually inspired by his long-held interest in World War II books to begin writing his own historic, political thrillers. His works include Codename Nicolette, Mission Lisbon, and now Dead Man Walking.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars I’ll admit that “Dead Man Walking” wouldn’t be my normal type of read (I’m more of a fantasy and romance gal) but I’ve been wanting to read more out of my comfort zone lately and expand my tastes… the premise and sample looked intriguing so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’d so glad I did! It was far more exciting than I would’ve guessed, and I found myself flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen. I liked how everything came full circle at the end, and how the story was set amongst real historical events and with real peoples. That was cool. This was a quick read with lots of exciting twists and turns, and I think that Toby Oliver made a spy-novel fan out of me!
the whole time I was reading “Dead Man Walking- A Spy Amongst Us” by Toby Oliver, I felt like I could have been watching it as a movie on the big screen. This novel was just as good as—if not better—many of the big-budget movies we’ve seen in this genre. The writing was clear and descripting, with an ever-present tension of high stakes. I liked that the characters seemed “real” (not the stereotypical cardboard cutouts we see so much of in these types of books),and the dialogue felt authentic enough for the place and time period (WWII Europe). But I have to say there were times where I thought I needed to be taking notes because there was so much going on and in different places and with so many characters. It almost made me dizzy, but in a good way. I definitely enjoyed reading this and think almost anyone will find something about it they like. I’d recommend this to my friends and family with no reservations. The ending makes it seem like there might be more… I hope so!
3.5 stars I found myself wavering around a bit while reading “Dead Man Walking: A Spy Amongst Us” by Toby Oliver. At first I was immediately interested in the story, and became immersed in the intense world building and complex plot development (spies, double-agents, Nazi’s, oh my!). But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some. But at the same time, the pacing was steady, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some crazy developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with derivative copycats. I enjoyed the author’s voice, and would like to read more from her in the future
I’m a huge fan of political thrillers and spy novels and read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I like trying out new authors and thought the premise of “Dead Man Walking- The Spy Amongst Us” sounded interesting, and I liked that it was by a British author. But while I fully admit I didn’t have the highest expectations going in…well, consider me blown away! I read Dead Man Walking almost in one sitting (much to my own amazement) Toby Oliver is a talented writer, and I was hooked in by the way she weaved so many interesting characters and high-octane storylines together to create a wholly addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion. It was fast-paced and with snappy dialogue and stands out from the crowd. I’d love to read more from this author in the future...happy to see she has a few other books in her backlist!
wow, what did I just read? Almost non-stop drama and a fast moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The writing was excellent, very few errors as far as I could tell which is always a huge plus on my end. I hate sloppy editing! Really enjoyed the mix of historical events and real characters infused with a compelling storyline – makes it feel that much more authentic and believable. I was really impressed with Toby Oliver’s writing style, her brisk pacing and strong word choice works well in this genre, and it seems like she’s done her homework, as the level of detail in the historical setting was impressive. Definitely think she’s an author to watch for in the future, and recommend for fans of Spy/Action/Thrillers