The Whispering Dead
by David Mark

The past comes back to haunt MI6 secret agent Cordelia Hemlock in this spy thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author David Mark – “Top-level espionage fiction” (Booklist Starred Review)

Cordelia Hemlock is teetering on the verge of joining MI6 when she meets the enigmatic Walt, a high-ranking member of the Secret Intelligence Service, who tells her: They won’t want you to do well. They won’t ever trust you. They don’t trust me and I’m one of them. She takes this as a challenge rather than a warning. She wants to protect the nation. Serve Queen and country. Who would turn down such a glorious opportunity?

Fourteen years later, Cordelia is desk-bound after finishing an undercover operation and going quietly mad with boredom. So when the call comes through on the top-secret Pandora line – so-called after the locked-box the telephone is kept in – she answers it.

It’s Walt. No longer officially MI6, he still inhabits the murky world of intelligence, where information always comes with a price. He tells her he has a secret to share with her – and only her. And once she knows it, nothing will ever be the same again . . .

A follow-up to the critically acclaimed psychological thriller The Mausoleum, this is a twisty, page-turning tale of friendship and divided loyalties set against the dark, forbidding landscape of the rural Borderlands.


“A fantastic achievement - dark and compelling with characters you will never forget”

Award-winning author Elly Griffiths on The Whispering Dead

“Exceptional . . . Mark is writing at the top of his game”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Mausoleum

“A mystery to savor”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review of Past Life

“A fine police procedural . . . IAN RANKIN fans will be pleased”

Publishers Weekly on Past Life

“A chilling entry from a master of the dark psychological thriller”

Kirkus Reviews on Suspicious Minds

“Gripping from start to finish”

Booklist on Borrowed Time

“Sure to please fans of CATRIONA McPHERSON

Kirkus Reviews on The Mausoleum

“[Mark is] on the level of Scottish and English contemporaries such as DENISE MINA, VAL MCDERMID, and PETER ROBINSON

Library Journal Starred Review of Cruel Mercy

David Mark

David Mark spent seven years as crime reporter for the Yorkshire Post and now writes full-time. The first novel in his DS McAvoy series, Dark Winter, was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016. He is also the author of the Sal Delaney police procedurals and a number of standalone thrillers. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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The Whispering Dead by David Mark is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483081636th December 2022N/A224$14.99
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