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The Knives

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly returns to the broad canvas of his acclaimed debut Crusaders with a vividly detailed and dramatically powerful novel of our times.

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As Home Secretary, David Blaylock oversees the police, border control and the struggle against domestic terrorism.

Some say the job is impossible; Blaylock insists he is tough enough.

Constantly in his mind is the threat of an attack on Britain’s streets. But over the course of one autumn, Blaylock finds that the danger is much more personal . . .

Critic Reviews

A gripping read from start to finish. A rich, multi-layered account of the complexities of modern government where personal, political and cultural realities mean simple choices are hard to come by.

Alastair Campbell
Critic Reviews

‘Around the time The Bodyguard got too ludicrous for words I thought: “how come nobody has adapted Richard T Kelly’s political thriller The Knives into the edge-of-your-seat Sunday night TV hit it demands to be?” Maybe because its hero is a Conservative home secretary dealing with the life-threatening consequences of piloting anti-terrorism legislation through parliament. More likely because he’s a believable individual rather than some devil man along the lines of Frank Underwood in House of Cards.’

David Hepworth, New Statesman BOOKS OF THE YEAR
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The best novel about modern politics I have read in years.

Richard T.Kelly

Richard T. Kelly is the author of the novels, Crusaders (2008), The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011) and The Knives (2016). His fourth novel, The Black Eden, is published by Faber in 2023. His non-fiction publications include Alan Clarke (1998), Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004), and Keegan & Dalglish (2017). Previously a senior editor for a number of…

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