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A Kill in the Morning
A Kill in the Morning

A Kill in the Morning


384 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95)

Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 9780857502575

Rights: US

Transworld Publishers (Oct 2015)
Bantam Press

Price: $14.95


A fast, furious, fun, and acclaimed high concept alternate history thriller from a great new talent, shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett Fiction Prize I don't like killing, but I'm good at it. Murder isn't so bad from a distance, just shapes popping up in my scope. Close-up work though—a garrotte around a target's neck or a knife in their heart—it's not for me. Too much empathy, that's my problem. Usually. But not today. Today is different . . .  The year is 1955 and something is very wrong with the world. It is 14 years since Churchill died and World War II ended. In occupied Europe, Britain fights a cold war against a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany. In Berlin the Gestapo is on the trail of a beautiful young resistance fighter, and the head of the SS is plotting to dispose of an ailing Adolf Hitler and restart the war against Britain and her empire. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker hidden deep beneath the German countryside, scientists are experimenting with a force far beyond their understanding. Into this arena steps a nameless British assassin, on the run from a sinister cabal within his own government, and planning a private war against the Nazis. And now the fate of the world rests on a single kill in the morning. Take the meticulous research of Robert Harris, the spy thrills of Ian Fleming, the classic action of Alistair MacLean, and the wild ride of a Tarantino film and you're coming close to A Kill in the Morning.


"Superbly researched, scarily plausible, and with a great narrative drive . . . a cracking counterfactual, and a terrific debut."  —Stephen Baxter, author, Proxima

"I loved A Kill in the Morning. It's easily up there with Fatherland. . . It's clever, intelligent, literate, action-filled and utterly compelling. What more could we ask for in any book?"  —Manda Scott, author, Dreaming the Eagle

"Part Day of the Jackal, part James Bond . . . a wonderful page-turner with a plot that would make a great action movie . . . an action-packed romp that Ian Fleming would be proud of."  —SFFWorld

"As in all the best alternate histories, both the past and the future hang in the balance. Hugely entertaining and, well, pretty darned brilliant." —Booklist

Author Biography

Graeme Shimmin is a short story writer and a debut novelist.