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Red Corona


Tim Glister’s debut novel transports us to high-pressure days of the Cold War and the streets of 60s London with slick, smart prose and a tale of espionage sure to thrill…

‘It’s 1961, and 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 hand the KGB unimaginable power and change the world.’

Authors Biography

Tim Glister is a Creative Director working in advertising. He’s worked for a range of famous and infamous brands, including eighteen months at the controversial political communications agency Cambridge Analytica. He lives in London, and Red Corona is his first novel. A Loyal Traitor, the second novel in the Richard Knox series, will be published in February 2022 (also by Point Blank.)


‘Relentless and sleek. This pitch-perfect debut signals the arrival of a remarkable talent.’ A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

‘An entertaining espionage thriller.’ TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB

‘Thrills by the bucket and a complex, well-developed plot…An entertaining blend of Le Carré-like in-house establishment rivalries and sheer propulsive action…a fast and rewarding read.’ CRIMETIME

‘A really entertaining read; lightly written, action driven and fun… Fans of high-octane thrillers will love this novel. The characters are intriguing and there are enough twists to satisfy a puzzle hardened reader. All that glistens may not be gold but all that Glisters is.’ NEW BOOKS MAGAZINE

‘In this complex espionage plot Mr. Glister has crafted a very fine thriller by creating a suffocating but at the same time an intoxicating mood whilst bringing to life a most desperate and dangerous time in our history.’ SHOTS blog

‘There are twists and turns and a satisfactory ending. Tim Glister has clearly researched the worlds of intelligence and the space race. I recommend this debut novel and look forward to the next.’ MYSTERY PEOPLE

‘Glister has drawn together enough authentic knowledge of 1960s scientific technology to make it totally convincing… a very cleverly woven plot.’ TABLET

‘Intrigue, thrills, fights and killings occur in the race to cross that line first, and cracking drama it is with well-observed MI5, CIA and KGB characters in realistic settings surrounded by many authentic contemporary touches… so naturally written that you’re actually there… I was reminded of Frederick Forsyth’s Day of the Jackal with its similarly relentless motivations. A great read.’ HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY

‘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 gripping historical thriller, impeccably researched and skilfully told.’ CHARLES CUMMING, author of The Man Between

‘A fascinating chase through an extraordinary time in history. Tim Glister blends technical insight with a clever story that races along.’ HOLLY WATT, author of To the Lions

‘Thrills by the bucket… An entertaining blend of Le Carré-like in-house establishment rivalries and sheer propulsive action reminiscent of Len Deighton.’ Maxim Jakubowski

‘A clever and complex thriller with truly memorable characters.’ Elly Griffiths, author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries

‘A thriller of true ambition and scope.’ Lucie Whitehouse, author of Critical Incidents


Leave a comment about this book:


  1. This is an amazing spy thriller and totally deserves to win!

  2. Simply brilliant. Evocatively painted 60s period. Fabulous story, new hero to follow a complex situation told simply and effectively. Hooked from the first page

  3. Taut, ambitious and engaging with a superb sense of time and place, Red Corona is an excellent debut thriller and Tim Glister an author to watch.

  4. I really do hope this wins!

  5. Without a doubt should win this prize! Where would we be without a Tim Glister in this world.

    Loved Red Corona!

  6. A great read!

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