The mesmerising new mystery from the Sunday Times bestselling author
A wildly witty adventure from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Ben's in danger of spending his holidays cooped up in a caravan with his mad Aunt Gwen. But by luck (and bribery), he gets a place on the school trip to an outward-bound centre in Wales, along with Barney, Jenks and of course, Agent Z. Abseiling, orienteering, sinking enemy canoes and sabotaging toothpaste are all in a day's work for the Crane Grove Crew. But then they uncover a news clipping which reveals that their centre manager, the affectionately nicknamed 'Grenade-head', is in fact an escaped bank robber. He's planning to recover the buried loot any night now and Agent Z and the crew intend to be there when he does. If you think that sounds like a downright ridiculous plan, you'd be right. Especially as the escaped criminal story turns out to be the invention of the crew's new pal, Roz and for once, the joke's on them! Mark Haddon has a sharp understanding of what makes children tick, and they will delight in the ever more daring, ever more hilarious missions of Agent Z and his three creators.
Praise for The Searcher
This is a tour de force of suspense and storytelling. Comes closer to perfection than anything I've read in the last decadeSARAH HILARY
To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writerGILLIAN FLYNN
French offers a masterclass in unreliabilitySUNDAY TIMES
I'm a big fan of Tana FrenchIAN RANKIN
The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelistsOBSERVER
This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary starGUARDIAN
Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescentSTEPHEN KING
A story of redemption and friendship, love and betrayal, it is a work of great strength and beautyDAILY MAIL
This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long timeERIN KELLY
A tale of flawed characters, complex relationships and elusive loyalties. Subtle and powerfulCHRIS HAMMER
This is completely, indescribably magnificent. Tana French is a pure geniusMARIAN KEYES
Slipping effortlessly between reality and a rich fantasy world, this is breathless action from start to finishGuardian