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‘The Chase’ by Ava Glass ~ @PenguinUKbooks @AvaGlassBooks

I have exciting news for fans of spy thrillers. ‘The Chase’ by Ava Glass is the first book in the Alias Emma series and it is out today in paperback, published by Penguin. Check out the trailer below.

Fast, furious and totally addictive…

Already optioned for TV by the production company behind the smash hit The Night Manager (starring Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Coleman), and with the UK’s leading thriller writers from James Patterson to Anthony Horowitz giving it the thumbs up, The Chase by Ava Glass is set to be 2023’s most addictive read when it is released on 16th February 2023.

In this breakneck, race-against-the-clock thriller, a female British spy has twelve hours to deliver her asset across London while being pursued through the streets of London by Russian intelligence. Can she make it without being spotted . . . or killed?

A freshly-minted secret agent, Emma Makepeace has barely graduated from basic training when she gets the call for her first major assignment. Eager to serve her country and prove her worth, she dives in head first.

Emma must covertly travel across the world’s most watched city to bring the reluctant adult son of Russian dissidents into protective custody, so long as the assassins tracking him down don’t get to him first. With London’s famous Ring of Steel hacked by the Russian government, the two must cross the city without being seen by the hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras that document every inch of the city’s streets, alleys, and gutters.

The underground, buses, trains and cars, are completely out of the question. Traveling on foot, with no phone or bank cards, Emma and her charge have twelve hours to make it to safety. This will take all of Emma’s skills of disguise and subterfuge. But when Emma’s handler goes dark, there’s no one left to trust. Just one wrong move could get them both killed and the clock is ticking…

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.

‘The Chase’ is available to purchase from here.

Click here to go to Penguin’s page for this book.

About Ava Glass

Ava Glass is a former civil servient 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. This is the first novel in the Alias Emma series.

Already a bestseller in the USA, The Chase has garnered a huge raft of fans, with recent USA media including:

‘A fast-paced thriller in the spirit of Ian Fleming, with a very modern twist.’ Washington Post

‘A high-octane, warp-speed thriller’ Guardian USA

‘Forget James Bond. We’re waiting to see who’s cast in the Ava Glass movie that is destined to be made.’ E! Online

‘Pure candy for those who love a good spy story. A novel you’ll struggle to put down.’ Amazon Books of the Month

‘Superb … Intense, cinematic action propels this terrific old-fashioned thriller.’ Publishers Weekly

‘An adrenaline-fueled tour of clandestine London. Perfect for a single-sitting read.’ Library Journal

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One thought on “‘The Chase’ by Ava Glass ~ @PenguinUKbooks @AvaGlassBooks

  1. Talking of chases, if you were a spook being chased by the TonTon Macoute in the seventies you were usually cornered … if you liked Graham Greene’s The Comedians best read Beyond Enkription about Pemberton’s People in MI6 in Haiti. It’s compulsory reading for espionage aficionados. See https://theburlingtonfiles.org/news_2022.10.31.php and read #TheBurlingtonFiles.

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