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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594205353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594205354
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With a British appreciation for understatement, Jones elegantly executes the basic elements of the conventional thriller. Take one lone-wolf agent and set him on the trail of an enigmatic big shot with sketchy business associates. Throw in some swanky locales, a few well-placed corpses and brewing trouble in our hero's marriage. Wrap it all up with a couple of truly tense cliffhangers, and the result is what the great but apologetic thriller writer Graham Greene famously downplayed as ‘an entertainment.’...Terrific news for fans of first-class thrillers."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“The novel is as much Raymond Chandler as John le Carré; as much The Big Sleep as The Spy Who Came in From the Cold... Chris Morgan Jones has more than equaled his powerful debut and in Ben Webster has created a flawed (of course), likeable central character. I look forward to getting to know him better.”
The Observer (UK)


"Comparisons with Le Carré have bedevilled Jones from the outset. But he does invite them, and never more so than in this elegant novel about the dark, amoral charisma of the super-rich... Murky, mesmerising stuff." --The Guardian (UK)

“Ambivalent as ever about the ethics of the superrich and his part in solving their problems, Webster proves to be the ethically troubled anti-Bond. A more-than-worthy sequel with deft, complex and believable plotting, tense, gut-wrenching action,
and classy literary writing
.”
Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"A surprising plot and deceptively simple prose distinguish Jones’s exceptional thriller, his second after his impressive debut, 2012’s The Silent Oligarch."
Publisher's Weekly, STARRED REVIEW


***Praise for The Silent Oligarch***

"From Chris Morgan Jones, an absolutely terrific novel. It's about international intrigue--but the real deal. The Silent Oligarch is beautifully written, clean and terse, but you won't notice, because you'll be reading just as fast as you can. Very highly recommended, and you'll want more."
—Alan Furst, author of Spies of the Balkans and Night Soldiers

“This is a happy partner to the work of Deighton, Archer, and le Carré. Mysterious men, cryptic of speech and beautifully tailored, move through glittery settings—seacoasts, grand hotels, swank neighborhoods—carried on craftily understated prose that approaches cold poetry… Men are betrayed. Drugged. Kidnapped. Tossed off buildings. Downed by snipers. If the good guys win, it’s at such a cost they’re left wondering if they accomplished anything. They did. They were part of a first-class novel."
Booklist (starred)

"Like the icy eastern winter that seeps through the pages of his novel, Jones's prose is clean and cold, crisp and ominous. In its intelligence, its crispness, its refusal to recognise anything other than shades of grey, there are undoubtedly resonances of Le Carré here. But [The Silent Oligarch] is too good to need the publishing shorthand for "classy thriller": this is a debut that definitely stands on its own merits."
The Guardian (UK)

"Fans of thrillers, especially those set in present-day Russia, will welcome the supernova that has burst onto the spy and suspense scene . . With a mysterious, complex plot and terrific local color, this novel resonates to the pounding heartbeats of the boldly drawn main characters. John le Carré, Martin Cruz Smith, and Brent Ghelfi will be inching over in the book display so readers in search of erudite, elegant international intrigue can spot the newcomer."
Library Journal

About the Author

For eleven years CHRIS MORGAN JONES worked at the world’s largest business intelligence agency. He has advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks, London hedge funds, and African mining companies. He is the author of The Silent Oligarch.

www.ChrisMorganJones.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kuligowski on June 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have stalled on writing my review of "The Jackal's Share" by Chris Morgan Jones. And I ask myself, "why"? Because I've been busy? Well, yeah, but I've written other reviews in the interim, why did this one always get delayed?

The plot? No, the plot has the kind of stuff I look for in a thriller - a god mix of action and introspection, well paced between the two. The settings? No - while I don't know for sure since I've never been to any of these places, I FELT like I was in London, and Bahrain, and Lake Como, and ... The length? No, that was appropriate for the material. The spelling / grammar / punctuation / formatting? No - I had an ARC, but it was a lot cleaner than some of the "completed" indie novels I've read and reviewed over the past couple of years.

The characters? THE CHARACTERS!! That was it!! They all felt believable, from their actions to their motivations to their dialogue. BUT ... I didn't LIKE any of them! Our hero, Benjamin Webster, had his own personal issues. And, I didn't HATE anyone, either. Our bad guys - or ARE they villains - have their softer moments, too. BUT ... I never got into anyone enough to root for them or even to root against them. This isn't fair to the author - there's no rule that says the reader has to be rooting for or against anyone. BUT ... without that, I find I just don't enjoy a book as much.

I'm giving it 3 ½ stars, but rounding up to 4 since we can't provide ½ stars.

DISCLOSURE: I won this book in a random draw; the publishers would certainly like it if I reviewed their book (and like it more if I gave it a good review), but no commitment to do so was requested nor made.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By muddyboy1 on March 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you are a junkie that loves exotic cross continent intrigue and solely like a book that is plot driven I suppose you will like this book - but it seems to me I have read similar plots -just not centered in the Middle East. However, I like a book in which I care for/ admire some of the characters and hate/repulsed by some of the others. This was not the case here. Frankly, I didn't care if any of them lived or died by the end. People in this book I would not want to know as they engaged me so little. So, I suppose there is an audience out there as been shown by the other reviews but this book didn't float my boat.
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By DB from DC on October 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is clearly a Le Carre wannabe. But he is not there yet. Morgan Jones needs a good editor to rescue the first class text from the redundant chase scenes and the gratuitous violence. There is nothing subtle about these scenes which seem to last forever. The subject matter is interesting suggesting how the bad guys in Iran are stashing their cash where else but London.
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It was hard to put down!!!!!!!!!!!! Love this author's style. He really pulls you into his story line. Highly recommended.
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