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Black Wolf
16 Feb 2023 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781804547861

The new spy thriller by Kathleen Kent, set in post-Soviet Belarus during the 1990s. A female CIA agent must evade a serial killer and the might of the KGB.

Fiction / FHP (Thrillers)
Extent: 400 pages
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Black Wolf: A gripping post-Cold War spy thrillerby Kathleen Kent

A dazzling new spy thriller about a female CIA agent whose extraordinary powers lead her into the dangerous heart of the collapsing Soviet Union – and the path of a killer that shouldn't exist.

Minsk, 1990. The Soviet Union is crumbling. The scavengers and predators are gathering, eager to pick the meat off the bones of a dying empire.

THE SPY: Melvina Donleavy is part of a US trade delegation... and on her first undercover mission with the CIA. Mel has a secret skill: she is a 'super recognizer', someone who never forgets a face. She is the CIA's early warning system, on watch for hostile agents trying to extract fissionable materials from the moribund USSR.

THE SERIAL KILLER: On the streets of Minsk, women are being strangled. Many more have disappeared. The Soviet Union is not a gentle place for women and too many men are capable of such violence, but the truth is worse: just one man is responsible. Worse still, the authorities will never admit to his existence – serial killers, after all, are a symptom of capitalist decadence. And now he has a new target...

THE SPY HUNTER: Chairman of the BSSR's KGB, recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union medal, the Order of Lenin, the Medal for Valour, the Order of the Patriotic War and the Order of the Red Star. They say you never hear his footsteps until he's carrying your coffin. And now he has a new target...

The Cold War may be coming to a close, but Mel is in danger of being obliterated by its fallout. Whichever way she turns, the wolves are gathering.

Reviews for Black Wolf:

'Kathleen Kent slays it with Black Wolf, a propulsive page-turner chock full of juicy spy game goodies. Simply masterful.' Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author
'A razor-sharp, whip-smart, beautifully written thriller. Combines the plotting of Frederick Forsyth with the chills of Thomas Harris. Highly recommended.' Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author

Kathleen Kent is a New York Times bestselling author and a two-time Edgar Award Nominee. She has also written the award-winning historical novels The Heretic's Daughter, The Traitor's Wife, and The Outcasts, and been published in the crime anthology Dallas Noir. In March 2020 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters for her contribution to Texas literature. Follow Kathleen on

Gripping thriller from Texas-based author with real-life experience of the events she portrays.

Kathleen Kent is a New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award nominee.

MARKET: Martin Cruz Smith; John le Carre; Thomas Harris; Frederick Forsyth.

'Kathleen Kent slays it with her new thriller Black Wolf, a propulsive page-turner chock full of juicy spy game goodies: intrigue, serial murder, nuclear secrets, passion, and of course, survival of the fittest... Welcome to the high-stakes world of Melvina Donleavy – a riveting, rich, and relevant heroine destined to take the suspense book world by storm. Simply masterful' Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author.

'Black Wolf is a riveting read. A razor-sharp, whip-smart, beautifully written thriller set in the chaotic days following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it combines the research and plotting of Frederick Forsyth with the gruesome chills of Thomas Harris. Part espionage tale, part serial killer mystery, Black Wolf is a wholly original page turner of the first order. Highly recommended' Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Once a Thief

'A gritty depiction of the spy game during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Perfect for fans of The Americans' Alma Katsu

'Kent draws on her own experience working for the U.S. Department of Defense to create an utterly convincing espionage novel full of tradecraft. Readers will eagerly await Mel's further adventures' Publishers Weekly

'Kent is an effective storyteller and an acute social observer' Los Angeles Review of Books.
'Kent does a fine job weaving the various plot strands into a satisfying and action-packed whole'
Publishers Weekly

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