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2022
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When his estranged son Sean goes missing in Tehran after writing a damning article about the involvement of government officials in the opium trade, recently retired British intelligence officer Harry Towers must discover if Sean was taken in retribution for his reporting, or has Harry’s past caught up to them all. - (Baker & Taylor)

"From British journalist and bestselling author Tom Bradby, Yesterday's Spy is a brilliantly plotted historical espionage novel about a father searching for his disappeared son against the backdrop of the 1953 coup in Tehran. London, 1953. Harry Tower isa recently widowed and world-weary British spy, out of favor and down on his luck. After a night spent drinking away his sorrows, he is awakened by a phone call with chilling news. His estranged son Sean has gone missing in Tehran after writing a damningarticle about the involvement of government officials in the opium trade. Harry springs to action, eager to reunite with his son and atone for past wrongs. When he arrives in Tehran, a city roiling with political dissatisfaction and on the brink of a historic coup, Harry joins forces with Sean's Iranian girlfriend Shahnaz-seemingly the only other person interested in finding the disappeared journalist. Harry's career as a spy soon proves perfect training for this much more personal mission as American, British, Iranian, and French players flit in and out of the scene. But as the first attempt at a coup in the city fails and foreign powers jockey for oil, money, and influence, Sean's disappearance takes on a more sinister tone. Was he really taken in retribution for his reporting, or is this an attempt to silence a globally significant revelation he was preparing to make? Or, most terrifyingly, does Sean's disappearance have nothing to do with him at all? Has Harry's past finally caught up to them?"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

From British journalist and bestselling author, Tom Bradby, Yesterday’s Spy is a brilliantly plotted historical espionage novel about a father searching for his disappeared son against the backdrop of the 1953 coup in Tehran.

London, 1953. Harry Towers is a recently retired, and even more recently widowed, British intelligence officer. After a night spent drinking away his sorrows, he is awakened by a phone call with chilling news. His estranged son Sean has gone missing in Tehran after writing a damning article about the involvement of government officials in the opium trade. Harry springs to action, eager to reunite with his son and atone for past wrongs.

When he arrives in Tehran, a city roiling with political dissatisfaction and on the brink of a historic coup, Harry joins forces with Sean’s Iranian girlfriend Shahnaz—seemingly the only other person interested in finding the disappeared journalist. Harry’s career as a spy soon proves perfect training for this much more personal mission as American, British, Iranian, and French players flit in and out of the scene. But as the first attempt at a coup in the city fails and foreign powers jockey for oil, money, and influence, Sean’s disappearance takes on a more sinister tone. Was he really taken in retribution for his reporting, or is this an attempt to silence a globally significant revelation he was preparing to make?

Or, most terrifying of all, does Sean’s disappearance have nothing to do with him at all? Has Harry’s past caught up to them all?

- (Perseus Publishing)

Author Biography

Tom Bradby is a British novelist, screenwriter and journalist. As a broadcaster, he is best known as the current Anchor of the UK network ITV’s News at Ten. He has written nine previous novels. The Master of Rain was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger for Thriller of the Year, and both The White Russian and The God of Chaos were shortlisted for the CWA Historical Crime Novel of the Year. He lives in London.

- (Perseus Publishing)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

The disappearance of journalist Sean Tower in Tehran, Iran, drives this intelligent spy thriller from Bradby (the Kate Henderson series) set in 1953. Sean's father, recently retired British spy Harry Towers, flies from London to the Iranian capital to find him just as the coup to depose Iran's nationalist leader, Mohammed Mossadegh, and install the Shah, Reza Pahlavi, gets underway. Aided by Sean's girlfriend, Shahnaz, Harry looks to local contacts, government officials, and ex-pats—mostly spies from the United States, Britain, and France—for answers. Was Sean targeted because of his left-wing politics? Has he been recruited by the Soviets? Or is his disappearance retribution for something Harry did as an undercover agent with Britain's Secret Intelligence Service? On occasion, particularly toward the end, politics and flashbacks to Harry's personal and professional life slow the momentum, but they are always relevant to the story. Bradby smoothly mixes geopolitical intrigue, old-fashioned sleuthing, and cinematic action. Fans of smart, historical espionage will be rewarded. Agent: George Lucas, InkWell Management. (Aug.)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

The disappearance of journalist Sean Tower in Tehran, Iran, drives this intelligent spy thriller from Bradby (the Kate Henderson series) set in 1953. Sean's father, recently retired British spy Harry Towers, flies from London to the Iranian capital to find him just as the coup to depose Iran's nationalist leader, Mohammed Mossadegh, and install the Shah, Reza Pahlavi, gets underway. Aided by Sean's girlfriend, Shahnaz, Harry looks to local contacts, government officials, and ex-pats—mostly spies from the United States, Britain, and France—for answers. Was Sean targeted because of his left-wing politics? Has he been recruited by the Soviets? Or is his disappearance retribution for something Harry did as an undercover agent with Britain's Secret Intelligence Service? On occasion, particularly toward the end, politics and flashbacks to Harry's personal and professional life slow the momentum, but they are always relevant to the story. Bradby smoothly mixes geopolitical intrigue, old-fashioned sleuthing, and cinematic action. Fans of smart, historical espionage will be rewarded. Agent: George Lucas, InkWell Management. (Aug.)

Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

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