It's 1961 and the white heat of the Space Race is making the Cold War even colder.
Richard Knox is a secret agent in big trouble. He's been hung out to dry by a traitor in MI5, and the only way to clear his name could destroy him.
Meanwhile in a secret Russian city, brilliant scientist Irina Valera makes a discovery that will change the world, and hand the KGB unimaginable power.
Desperate for a way back into MI5, Knox finds an unlikely ally in Abey Bennett, a CIA recruit who's determined to prove herself whatever the cost...
As the age of global surveillance dawns, three powers will battle for dominance, and three people will fight to survive...
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'Relentless and sleek. This pitch-perfect debut - a gripping espionage thriller in the vein of Charles Cumming, Tom Rob Smith, and Mick Herron - signals the arrival of a remarkable talent.' * A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window * 'A thoroughly engaging spy thriller that had me gripped from start to finish and left me desperate for more!' * S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep * 'A clever and complex thriller with truly memorable characters. The 60s setting is brilliantly done.' * Elly Griffiths, author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries * 'A thriller of true ambition and scope - with Red Corona, his debut novel, Tim Glister announces himself as a writer to watch.' * Lucie Whitehouse, author of Critical Incidents * 'A gripping historical thriller, impeccably researched and skilfully told.' * Charles Cumming, author of The Man Between * 'An engrossing and original spy thriller. Glister writes with confidence and excitement. A star of the espionage genre is born.' * Michael Wood, author of the DCI Matilda Darke series * 'A fascinating chase through an extraordinary time in history. Tim Glister blends technical insight with a clever story that races along. I enjoyed the intriguing characters who are rushing to solve a mystery as superpowers teeter on the brink.' * Holly Watt, author of To The Lions * 'A fascinating and gripping Cold War thriller that shines a light on the surveillance race that hid in the shadow of the space race.' * Gareth Rubin, author of Liberation Square *