Write about what you know, the expression goes. And The Traitor’s author, Ava Glass, certainly knows about the world of spying and murder: she’s an ex-crime reporter and civil servant. During her time working for the British government, Ava came into direct contact with espionage and the double lives that spies lead. She stored those experiences away and, years later, we have The Traitor – an authentic, genuinely thrilling piece of spy fiction.
Stomach-turning at times, too. The story opens in early-morning London and a gruesome find: the discovery of a body in a heavy, tightly padlocked suitcase. Investigator Emma Makepeace is called in and quickly confirms the obvious: a case of cold-blooded murder. She also establishes that this is no ‘domestic’ – the dead man had been deep undercover tracking two oligarchs enmeshed in the UK’s illegal arms trade. That must be the reason he was killed. But who blew his cover? That’s what she – and we – are going to find out.