Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey

Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey

Competition published on May 5, 2017.


In 1942 two men, trained by the British SOE, parachuted back into their native Czechoslovakia with one sole objective: to kill the man ruling their homeland. Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik risked everything for their country. Their attempt on Reinhard Heydrich’s life was one of the single most dramatic events of the Second World War, and had horrific consequences for thousands of innocent people.

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Heydrich, a man so evil even fellow SS officers referred to him as the ‘Blond Beast’. In Prague, he was known as the Hangman. Hitler, who dubbed him ‘The Man with the Iron Heart’, considered Heydrich his heir, and entrusted him with the implementation of the ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish ‘problem’: the systematic murder of eleven million people.

Based on true events, this gripping historical thriller is the culmination of Howard Linskey’s fifteen-year fascination with the attempted assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Holocaust. In the tradition of The Day of the Jackal and The Eagle Has Landed, Hunting the Hangman is a heart-pounding tale of courage, resilience and betrayal. The story reads like a classic WWII thriller and, as well as having been adapted for 2016’s Operation Anthropoid with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, is the subject of a highly anticipated, big-budget Hollywood film due for release this year: The Man with the Iron Heart starring Rosamund Pike and Jack O’Connell.

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There’s no-one we trust more than our Real Readers to let us know which books we should be sharing with you all – their reactions to Hunting the Hangman blew us away…


‘For me, this book is a resounding success. It tells an important story and gives you all the facts of what happened, while also delivering an emotional impact that a non-fiction book may not be able to.’
Cathy Boyle

‘This is one of the most courageous and conspicuous events of the second world war, ideal fodder for a novelist but also a daunting task to do it justice. Linskey manages to do this.’
Paul Burke

‘I would not normally read more about WWII, but this is still one of those episodes that can simultaneously enlighten and destroy your belief in humanity. An excellent personal read.’
Philipa Coughlan

‘The book is written in a date ordered diary style and goes from Great Britain to Czechoslovakia comfortably without you losing your thread…Thoroughly a really good book to read from start to finish.’
Mark Abrahamson

‘I like the quotations from various contemporaries of the time, at the beginning of each chapter, mainly from the German side, but also some from the British too.’
Martin Turner

‘This is well researched and written thriller which brings a little-known story to a wider audience.’
Morag Buchan

‘This is a terrific read – instantly readable which grabs and keeps you engaged from first to last page, intelligent [and] well written with excellent characterisations throughout, and a real sense of what life would be like in war torn Prague.’
John McCormick

‘I never cease to be amazed by some of the bravery displayed by people and the story is a thrilling tale of courage, resilience and betrayal.’
Dorothy Flaxman


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About the author

Howard Linskey is the author of three novels in the David Blake crime series published by No Exit Press, The Drop, The Damage and The Dead. The Times newspaper voted The Drop one of its Top Five Thrillers of the Year and The Damage one of its Top Summer Reads. He is also the author of No Name Lane, Behind Dead Eyes and The Search, published by Penguin.


Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey, published on 25 May, 2017 by No Exit Press, in paperback



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