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discover a new kind of spy novel

In this brilliant debut thriller, set in Turkey, one young woman finds herself at the center of a deadly plot.

Penny Kessler, a young intern at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, wakes up in a hospital on the morning of July 5th to find herself at the center of an international crisis. The day before, the Embassy was the target of a devastating terrorist attack. Not only has a photograph of Penny emerging from the rubble become the defining image of the event (#TheGirlwiththeFlag), but for reasons she doesn’t understand, her bosses believe she’s a crucial witness.


 Suddenly, everyone is desperately interested in what Penny knows.

But what does she know?  And is there anybody she can trust? 


Tightly-plotted, well-written, and astute, Liar’s Candle is a remarkable debut. August Thomas delivers an atmospheric and twisty spy thriller that manages to be both assured and fresh. With a colorful, authentic sense of place, a rocket-paced plot full of deception and betrayal...this is both an exciting story of espionage and a compelling coming of age tale.”


New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter

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