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Reviews for the Major Tom Fox novels

‘The new Le Carre… If you love thrillers Jack Grimwood is the name you need to remember.'
Viv Groskop, BBC Radio 2

Moskva was one of the most impressive spy thrillers of 2016; Major Tom Fox, a British intelligence officer with haunting family problems, in a superb creation. Nightfall Berlin in even better…’ 
Marcel Berlins, The Times.

‘The rejuvenation of the espionage thriller continues apace with Nightfall Berlin.’
The Guardian.  

‘Spring’s best thriller.’
The Observer

‘The chill of the Cold War era evidently suits Grimwood down to the ground… If he isn’t already, he’s about to become your new favourite thriller writer.’
The Independent

‘Engrossing, complex… Brilliantly evokes the mood of 1980s Berlin.’
Irish Times

‘Very well told and curiously involving.’
Literary review

‘The Thriller.’ 
The iPaper

‘Gripping Cold War tale that manages to be original as well as give a nod to classic John Le Carre.’ The Sun  

‘This compelling thriller grips from the outset.’
Sunday Express

'A worth successor to his excellent Moskva. His evocation of 1980s East Berlin is just as convincing as his Gorky Park-era Moscow was… Pitch dark humour.’
Jake Kerridge, Telegraph reviewer

‘An extraordinary atmospheric and immersive read…’
Marian Keyes, Good Housekeeping - Must Read Books for the Summer

‘A fine book this, for those who enjoy vintage Le Carre as I do.’
Ian Rankin

'Tom Fox is worthy to stand in the ranks of great Cold War protagonists.’ 
John Connolly

‘A remarkable thriller… Nightfall Berlin should be packed with the passport, the sunscreen and that litre of duty-free gin.'
Shots mag

Edgy, suspenseful and with a particular knack for engaging the reader... This has echoes of Le Carre but with an added injection of humanity that provides an extra dimension and makes the tale and its protagonists even better for it.’
Maxim Jakubowksi, Crime Time, Book of the Month

'This is one of the most skilfully plotted traditional Cold War thrillers I have read… Highly recommended.’

‘Elegance on a par with Le Carre. One of my favourite reads of this year.’
Tom Pollock,
author of This Story Is A Lie

After the success of Moskva, Grimwood works his magic on the grey but edgy streets of East Berlin.’ 
David Young, author of Stasi Child

‘A wonderfully complex and evocative espionage thriller, with a convincing cast of characters that would do Le Carre proud.’
Murder Mayhem & More

‘This series of books is just crying out for television and/or film adaptation. 5 Stars.’
Ginger Book Geek

'In Major Tom Fox we have a character who is proven to be resourceful and a time served spook… His love of his family drives him, his connection with his son is wonderful to read about, his determination to be a better father for his son makes him endearing… The intensity of the plot makes this a powerful and thrilling read.’


'In 1986, news that East-West nuclear-arms negotiations are taking place lead many to believe the Cold War may finally be thawing.

For British intelligence officer Major Tom Fox, however, it is business as usual.

Ordered to arrange the smooth repatriation of a defector, Fox is smuggled into East Berlin. But it soon becomes clear that there is more to this than an old man wishing to return home to die - a fact cruelly confirmed when Fox's mission is fatally compromised.

Trapped in East Berlin, hunted by an army of Stasi agents and wanted for murder by those on both sides of the Wall, Fox must somehow elude capture and get out alive.

But to do so he must discover who sabotaged his mission and why...

Nightfall Berlin is a tense, atmospheric and breathtaking thriller that drops you deep into the icy heart of the Cold War.’

Michael Joseph/Penguin
May 17th 2018

Reviews for Island Reich

'Triumphant... The synthesis of real and fictitious characters is handled with panache.’

Financial Times

'Highly entertaining . . . The plot is splendidly complicated. Like most good adventure novels set in recognizable history, Grimwood offers readers an enticing "what if?” Bill, with his remarkable back-story, is every bit as credible or satisfying as James Bond.’ 
The Scotsman

'Intricately plotted, rip-roaring World War Two adventure - proper heroes, proper villains, royal intrigue and grounded in real history...’ 
Ian Rankin

'Utterly unputdownable WW2 spy novel full of atomosphere, suspense and political intrigue…' Marian Keyes 

‘I haven’t enjoyed a British spy story this much since I was 13 and first discovered 
Casino Royale.'
Murder Mayhem & More

‘Great… Bill safe-cracking in the dark was one of the best set piece character intros I think I've ever read.’Tom Pollock

'Grimwood matches Robert Harris, Joseph Kanon, Ken Follett and John le Carré thrill for thrill in this breath-taking WWII story of atmospheric suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue.’ 
Glasgow Life

'The suspense never wavers... A definite success.’
Crime Time

'Fact and fiction merge in what they used to call a rip-roaring yarn that is totally credible. Excellent…'
The Sun

'A fantastic Fleming, Ludlum, Buchan-eering hybrid. There are walk-on parts for the great and god-awful of British Special Ops and Nazi high command alike. The Channel Islands are the stepping stone and stage for shootouts, Quizlings, submarines, double crossing, and perhaps the highest stakes heist in Europe’s history.’ 


‘Great storytelling is not bound by genre…’ 


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