Third topical, action-packed thriller in the acclaimed Harry Tate series. Former MI5 officer Harry Tate’s skill at tracking down runaways is second to none – and the Security Services need his help. When MI6 ask him to trace Vanessa Tan, a lieutenant with the Royal Logistics Corps who failed to report for her return flight to Afghanistan, Harry instinctively feels it’s a mission to avoid. It’s only when he learns of the involvement of his former boss, Henry Paulton – the man who tried to have him killed – that he agrees to take the job. MI6 suspect Tan has been targeted by the Protectory, a group of disaffected ex-soldiers who offer deserters a new life in return for selling their secrets to the highest bidder. But why are they going to such extremes for one junior officer? Who is the mysterious Vanessa Tan and where has she disappeared to? And will it be Harry or the Protectory who tracks her down first?