By Mark Sullivan
The inmate he was about to meet had seven years with US Special Forces: Rangers first and then as part of an elite team drawn from all four branches of the military. He spoke eight languages, and tested genius on IQ tests. A master of disguise and subterfuge, he was an expert in hand-to-hand combat and versed in virtually every kind of weapon known to man'Kansas, 2003: Robin Monarch has spent six months in solitary confinement in Fort Leavenworth military prison. But now the CIA is offering him a bargain: steal something for them, in exchange for a clean slate. And Monarch is certainly up to the task. Stealing comes naturally to him - he's been doing it all his life . . .'He had also endured one of the strangest childhoods General Barrens had ever heard of...'Buenos Aires, 1983: Robin Monarch is a fourteen-year-old orphan living on the streets. An elite criminal gang holds the key to his salvation. But first, Monarch must prove his worth, and demonstrate his skills as an infiltrator and a thief.ROGUE GENESIS is a collection of two short stories (INCURSION and RENDITION) and one novella (THE ESCAPE ARTIST) introducing Robin Monarch - CIA agent, expert thief, and star of the explosive international thriller ROGUE.
By Tom Rachman
The charming and enthralling story of an idiosyncratic English-language newspaper in Rome and the lives of its staffers as the paper fights for survival in the internet age.'A precise, playful fiction with a deep but lightly worn intelligence' - Times Literary SupplementThe newspaper was founded in Rome in the 1950s, a product of passion and a multi-millionaire's fancy. Over fifty years, its eccentricities earned a place in readers' hearts around the globe. But now, circulation is down, the paper lacks a website, and the future looks bleak. Still, those involved in the publication seem to barely notice. The obituary writer is too busy avoiding work. The editor-in-chief is pondering sleeping with an old flame. The obsessive reader is intent on finishing every old edition, leaving her trapped in the past. And the publisher seems less interested in his struggling newspaper than in his magnificent basset hound, Schopenhauer. The Imperfectionists interweaves the stories of eleven unusual and endearing characters who depend on the paper. Funny and moving, the novel is about endings - the end of life, the end of sexual desire, the end of the era of newspapers - and about what might rise afterward.