Meet Rupert Hood. Every day, he joins the sweaty commuters travelling to Putney, in south-west London, where he has a seemingly dull job as an estate agent.
But this property company is not what it seems. And neither is Rupert.
It is a front – for the UK’s intelligence service.
When a series of deadly terror strikes begin, Rupert swings into action.
But he faces a test as challenging and deadly as any in his career.
The terror plot leads not to al-Qaeda, or any other known threat. It leads to Big Mama, a former sex worker who built up her own criminal empire in Thailand before going global.
But Big Mama is a woman with a grudge – and not just against the pimps and sex traffickers who ruined her youth.
And as Rupert is about to discover, Operation Herod is a threat to all mankind.
Operation Herod is a brilliantly fast-paced, gripping action thriller in the style of the great masters of the genre – Ian Fleming, Len Deighton and Jack Higgins.
“With a luckless spy and a formidable femme fatale, Operation Herod is a bright and fast-moving entertainment of double lives and double-dealing. The spirit of the 60s espionage thriller takes on new life and vigour in the hands of Andrew Cartmel.” – Stephen Gallagher
”Cartmel’s writing is a Heckler & Koch automatic wrapped in expensive lingerie. Brutal, exciting, engaging and witty. In the words of a woman who knew her spies: ‘Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest.” – Guy Adams, best-selling author of The Change.