After punching an American captain into a mound of profiteroles, Kat Foster’s future in the Foreign Office looks bleak.
She is given one last chance to redeem herself, thanks to her boss and a shady US intelligence agent. It involves travelling to Ozerkistan to debrief a prisoner, aka “The Chemist”. He has contacted a US embassy claiming to have valuable information about a former Russian weapons programme, codenamed Pandora , which he will trade in return for his freedom.
The only snag is that her destination, Ozerk City, does not appear on any printed maps and Ozerkistan does not appear to exist.
Nevertheless, faced with almost certain career ruin, Kat launches herself into the unknown, promising to contact no one, entirely unequipped by an unhelpful and obscure brief.
Meanwhile, in Moscow, the vodka-swigging, foul-mouthed General Berezin has also intercepted The Chemist’s message. Determined to prevent the truth about Project Pandora emerging, he makes a beeline for Kat and The Chemist. Also making his way towards Ozerkistan is Kat’s aristocratic and over-cultivated boss, fearing for her safety on the journey he assigned to her.
Teeming with larger than life characters, Unknown Unknowns is a witty, fast-paced thriller laced with spades of quintessential British humour.
I was asked a couple of weeks ago if I’d like to review a new crime thriller from Piqwiq Books‘ debut author, Adam Bromley. The blurb sounded interesting, and I’m never one to turn down a reading opportunity if I can help it! Unknown Unknowns is much funnier than I expected it to be, and I really enjoyed it. Kat is a great protagonist, and the novel is well written and fast-paced. I sped through it, and it was a welcome relief to all the dissertation research reading I’ve been doing. I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you ever read any of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels (There are TWENTY ONE of them now?!)
Unknown Unknowns is available as an ebbok from Piqwiq, or Amazon.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Unknown Unknowns for review, but as ever, all words and opinions are honest and my own.