THE WORKS

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  

Perhaps it can be said that a literary career begins with a single book.

I hope so.

THE DEATH OF A SMOKER

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HIGH EXPLOSIVES YOU CAN STOCKPILE, NUCLEAR WEAPONS YOU CAN STOCKPILE, CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS YOU CAN STOCKPILE, BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS YOU CAN NOT.


The year is 1991, and the Soviet Union is in a state of collapse. But with chaos reigning in Europe and secrets being leaked all too easily from the Ministry of Defence, why should the British Security Services be interested when the premises of a small biotech start-up are burgled, resulting in an accidental death?

Complete with suspected Russian spies and biological warfare, this peculiar case proves more complex to solve than anticipated, and truth and trust are tormented by doubt and deception when the path of the small unit of MI5 agents investigating the case is criss-crossed by innocence and subterfuge, bluff and bullying.

Publication date 28 June 2022.  Available from the publisher Cranthorpe Millner, Amazon, Waterstones and all good on-line bookshops.

Reviews for 'The Death of A Smoker'
 
Wonderful spy novel:  Auffret has managed to recreate the style and atmosphere of a classic British spy novel.

 

Scientific intrigue:  Couldn't put it down….A great plot….Just like Kate Atkinson a great sense of place.

 

Intriguing cleverly crafted spy novel:  Fantastic story that drew me in quickly and completely….An intriguing intellectual cat-and-mouse game, layered upon the proclivities of interesting British scientists, spies, and spy masters...Cleverly crafted and beautifully written.

A Great Read:  What a great first novel from a new author….I sat up well into the night because I couldn’t put it down.

 

Intriguing:  He captures the atmosphere of 1990s Cambridge, where anything was possible.

Perfect for anyone looking for a thoughtfully compelling story infused with deception, secrets and subterfuge.  The novel possesses both an earthiness and grit to it which makes it impossible to put down,