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Author of the Sarah Black Series

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Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. I'm a writer of spy novels and lover of books. The King's Pawn and The Head of the Snake - the first two books in the Sarah Black spy series- are out now published by Burning Chair. 


I also love reading and writing flash fiction.

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Sarah Black is back and—with or without her MI6 handlers—is hungry for revenge.

Scarred from her exploits in Tbilisi, she still has unfinished business in the murky world of global espionage. Namely the mastermind behind the foiled attack who always seems to be one move ahead.

Tracking her foe to the civil war in Sierra Leone where he is financing the ruthless rebel leader, Foday Sankoh, Sarah uncovers an even deadlier masterplan.

Cut off from MI6, Sarah decides to take matters into her own hands, but soon finds herself out of her depth, in a lawless land where everyone is either aggressor or victim.

But will bringing her foe to justice really be enough to satisfy her need for vengeance, or must she find and cut off the real head of the snake?


The Head of the Snake is based on the historical events that led up to the end of the war in Sierra Leone and memories of my time there.


Praise for The Head of the Snake

Adam Lebor, Crime Thriller Writer and Financial Times Journalist, writing in the FT Thriller Round-Up

The Head of the Snake is the second in the series featuring former MI6 recruit Sarah Black, now chasing down a bloodthirsty diamond miner and warlord in Sierra Leone. Hooft worked for the British government as a development official in Sierra Leone and it shows in her fine eye for detail. The story, set in 2000, moves seamlessly between the country’s brutal civil war and Whitehall’s cynical corridors of power.


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Sarah Black is the ultimate rookie. Young, naïve and inexperienced, she is thrown into a world where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Unsupported and out of her depth, Sarah must learn the rules of the spy game to survive.

The King’s Pawn is the debut spy thriller from Lucy Hooft published by Burning Chair. It is available to order from all good bookshops.

Praise for The King's Pawn

Holly Watt, journalist, crime writer and winner of the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. 

"I loved The King's Pawn - it's just so exciting to see a powerful female character like Sarah Black emerging. This is a fast-paced espionage thriller that feels fresh and exciting - and takes you to some shocking places. It will keep you up far too late!" Holly Watt, journalist, crime writer and winner of the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. 
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The King's Pawn was inspired by real life events


For a sneak preview of The Head of the Snake and The King's Pawn, check out the Book Trailer videos below

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THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE by Lucy Hooft | Official Book Trailer

THE KING'S PAWN by Lucy Hooft | Official Book Trailer

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