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Playing With Death: the terrifying new thriller from the number one bestselling author

By Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis

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'Fast, furious, twisty thriller... kept me on the edge of my seat' Chris Ryan

'If Stephen King had collaborated with Michael Crichton on a thriller, it might have been as good as this' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'This fast, furious, twisty thriller kept me on the edge of my seat' Chris Ryan

'If Stephen King had collaborated with Michael Crichton on a thriller, it might have been as good as this' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

FBI Special Agent Rose Blake has faced evil and survived.

Haunted by a failed undercover mission, Rose can't shake the memory of her close encounter with a ruthless serial killer - one who could strike again without warning.

Then comes the call to investigate a suspected arson attack that's left a man dead. Rose fears the worst: that a cold-blooded killer has carried out the perfect murder. A killer with a terrifying imagination and the intelligence to stay one step ahead at every stage. She knows only one thing about him: that he will kill again.

Rules will have to be broken. And the clock is ticking...


What readers are saying about Playing with Death:

'An edgy, pacy, futuristic and oh so very polished cyber thriller...intelligent, perceptive...exciting' trevtwinem.booklikes.com

'[A] fast-paced thriller of the highest quality...The pace of the story is relentless...Would highly recommend' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Grips you from the beginning and races to a most exciting and enigmatic ending. It was one of those books that call you back every time you are dragged away. I absolutely loved it' www.crimesquad.com, 5 stars

'A leading-edge thriller...My skin crawled quite a bit whilst reading this...A great novel that explores some brilliant concepts' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Addictive...thought provoking...Definitely recommended' Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

'Makes you lie in bed and go over every possible theory in your head...I can't recommend this book enough. If you're a fan of Simon Scarrow or just love a good crime thriller then do not hesitate to read this book' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A terrific thriller' Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

Biographical Notes

A regular on the Sunday Times bestseller list with his historical novels, Simon Scarrow launches an exciting new strand to his writing with PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with Lee Francis: both an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a terrifying exploration of the dangers of the modern world.

Simon's Eagles of the Empire novels are legendary amongst readers of historical fiction, and all his novels, including the World War II thriller HEARTS OF STONE, have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike. Prior to writing fiction Simon worked as a teacher and lecturer; he is now a full-time writer.

Lee Francis worked for several years in the world of film, TV and advertising as a script reader and assistant director. PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with his former lecturer Simon Scarrow, is his first novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781472213440
  • Publication date: 13 Jul 2017
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Headline
This fast, furious, twisty thriller kept me on the edge of my seat — Chris Ryan
If Stephen King had collaborated with Michael Crichton on a thriller, it might have been as good as this. It's a grab-you-by-the-throat page-ripper' — Peterborough Evening Telegraph
What starts as a gripping killer thriller morphs into a serious and frankly scary examination of the possible threats the development of AI poses for humanity — Irish Independent
An edgy, pacy, futuristic and oh so very polished cyber thriller — www.trevtwinem.booklikes.com
Grips you from the beginning and races to a most exciting and enigmatic ending — 5 stars, www.crimesquad.com

Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels:
'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best'

— Independent
Gripping... [Scarrow's] sense of plot and pace is strong — The Times
Intrigue, treachery and violence... intense action, beguiling characters and authentic detail — Publishers Weekly
Top stuff — Daily Telegraph
Gripping... Ferocious and compelling — Daily Express
An amazing roller-coaster of a ride... Fantastic... A cracking historical thriller — Manda Scott
A fast-moving and exceptionally well-paced historical thriller — BBC History Magazine
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