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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, the first in the Sarah Black spy series, is out now published by Burning Chair. The second book in the series, The Head of the Snake, will be published on 30 March 2023. I also love reading and writing flash fiction.

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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:

“If you’re looking for the next Le Carré, Ludlum or Silva, then she has arrived and her name is Lucy Hooft, the refreshingly new female spy author. Steel yourself for her spectacular and much anticipated British spy series set in Eastern Europe that catapults you into a world of 21st Century intrigue, deception, and a perilous slalom of twists and turns you—I’ll warn you now—might never recover from."

  • Richard Lyntton, author of North Korea Deception and The Deception Series.


Out now!

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The King's Pawn was inspired by real life events

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?


Coming 30 March 2023

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