Publication Date: Available Now from Michael Joseph
Source: Review Copy
‘I know a secret. A secret that changes everything…’
Solomon Vine was the best of his generation, a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon.
Three months later, MI6’s Head of Station in Istanbul is abducted from his home. There are signs of a violent struggle. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man’s oldest friend: Solomon Vine.
Officially suspended, Vine can operate outside the chain of command to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that the disappearance heralds something much darker. And that there’s much more at stake than the life of a single spy…
My Name is Nobody is a excellent twisty spy thriller, highly addictive with some genuinely terrific characters and an ending that is unexpected – which obviously made me love it as the unexpected is rare for me.
Solomon Vine is out of the loop and on suspension after something goes horribly wrong in Istanbul – the start of the book is fast paced and brilliantly drawn out to hook you in – but when a colleague is abducted and it becomes obvious that something nefarious is afoot, he is the one best placed to find out what’s what. Matthew Richardson then proceeds to take us on a thrill ride of a journey to the eventual outcome, setting the scene all the way with some beautifully done descriptive prose, multi layered character arcs and a keen observational eye for taut plotting.
The further I got into the novel the more involved and fascinated I was – I loved the old school feel that the author brought to what is a very modern tale of the problems faced by the intelligence services and the political landscape Solomon Vine is working within (and outside of) is cleverly insightful. It was refreshing that the main character didn’t rely on high end tech to get to the truth but was more of a Holmes type character solving an enigmatic riddle, at the same time modern reality bites – astute writing, inventive storytelling.
Basically just really really good. If you love a good spy thriller then My Name is Nobody is for you.
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