“… the most exciting, involving thriller I’ve read in an age, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”



“The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you’ll find this year.”


“… the most exciting, involving thriller I’ve read in an age, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”


“This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated – but fiercely suspenseful – thriller.


“Scott gives us expertly wrought espionage fiction that blooms into a meditation on war, intimacy and memory.”


 A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way.


An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two.

Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders.

To find answers in the present Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim’s youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged between occupiers and occupied, deals were done and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades, but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way – and who will kill to keep their secrets safe…

Winner of the McIlvanney Prize for the Best Scottish Crime Novel of 2019

Sunday Times Thriller of the Month August 2018

Shortlisted for the Saltire Award

Nominated for the People’s Book Prize to be Awarded at Capital Crime

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