2 January 2015.
In a thrilling spy novel 'Peanut' escapes from a labour camp in the North West Chinese desert. His careful plans for escape work and he reaches a Beijing now unrecognisable to him after two decades in the camp. Mobile phones and computers have blossomed in his enforced absence and he fears the constant surveillance by the State over the streets. Peanut had been a spy for the British in his previous life and he tries to make contact via a journalist, Philip Mangan who investigates the murky world of the Chinese treatment of religious dissenters. Mangan is not a spy and the book chronicles his gradual involvement in this world in parallel to Peanut's attempts at survival through transmitting secrets. The world of China in its enormous contrasts of horror, stultifying bureaucracy and beauty is very well shown.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This is the first thriller from ex-BBC correspondent Adam Brookes but a second will be available from July 2015