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  • Published: 31 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781782954385
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176

The Searcher

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.

  • Published: 31 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781782954385
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176

About the author

Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a writer and artist. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. In 2012, a stage adaptation by Simon Stephens was produced by the National Theatre and went on to win 7 Olivier Awards in 2013 and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. In 2005 his poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador, and his play, Polar Bears, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse in 2010. His most recent novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. The Pier Falls, a collection of short stories, was also published by Cape in 2016. To commemorate the centenary of the Hogarth Press he wrote and illustrated a short story that appeared alongside Virginia Woolf's first story for the press in Two Stories (Hogarth, 2017).

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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 decade

SARAH HILARY

To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer

GILLIAN FLYNN

French offers a masterclass in unreliability

SUNDAY TIMES

I'm a big fan of Tana French

IAN RANKIN

The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists

OBSERVER

This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star

GUARDIAN

Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent

STEPHEN KING

A story of redemption and friendship, love and betrayal, it is a work of great strength and beauty

DAILY MAIL

This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time

ERIN KELLY

A tale of flawed characters, complex relationships and elusive loyalties. Subtle and powerful

CHRIS HAMMER

This is completely, indescribably magnificent. Tana French is a pure genius

MARIAN KEYES

Slipping effortlessly between reality and a rich fantasy world, this is breathless action from start to finish

Guardian

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