Four people can keep a secret… if three of them are dead.
In Rome, the severed hand of a retired MI6 head of station is found at one of the city’s landmarks. The hand is holding a bag containing thirty silver pieces.
Meanwhile, in London, MI6 agent Paul Aston is on the point of quitting. Once on the MI6 fast track, his career has stalled. He has been passed over for one promotion too many; his colleagues treat him like a leper. When he is approached to head up a new task force, he jumps at the chance. His first mission is to investigate the Rome murder.
When one of MI6’s directors dies suddenly, Aston realises there is more going on than meets the eye. The death looks like a heart attack, but it’s not. As Aston digs deeper he uncovers a conspiracy that dates back to the dying days of the USSR. Someone wants this kept secret. Someone with everything to lose if the truth gets out.
But who is The Judas?
"Agent Paul Aston thought he'd be flying high in MI6 by now – after he brought down his bent boss and was almost killed in the process. He fears he's been forced out but his bosses have plans for him – he's off to Rome where a severed hand has been found and this is just the first of several grisly murders. Soon he is dealing with a serial killer with a twist. Jackson does it again with another page-turner." – The Sun
"Fast-paced." – The Mirror
"Following on from his first successful Paul Aston book,The Mentor, Steve Jackson has crafted an intriguing tale.There are many good elements to The Judas: the main characters are engaging. Paul Aston is a likeable hero, the setting and dramas that play out in the story are intriguing, and the spycraft included in the tale adds interest to the story."
"Steve Jackson's follow up to The Mentor is a fast-paced and thrilling read. He portrays Paul Aston and the team of agents tasked with unravelling the conspiracy as fallible human beings rather than James Bond style super beings loaded down with gadgets and firing off cheesy one liners at every opportunity and roots his plot in a believably deadly world of terrorists, organised crime and assassins recruited from the murkier depths of the internet; a place where the line between friends and enemies is blurred and the only truth is that you should trust nobody. After years in the doldrums the British spy thriller is finally starting to look like an exciting genre again, leading the charge is Steve Jackson, a writer at the very top of his game, from whom if he continues to combine gripping narratives with the skilful characterisation shown in The Judas something truly remarkable can be expected in the near future."
"Political thriller running on the popularity of Spooks – very good." – Gateway Monthly