The Warlock Effect

Jeremy Dyson


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Hodder & Stoughton
13 April 2023
ISBN: 9781529364774
368 pages

From the publisher


'Sheer delight... This enthralling, playful thriller can be enjoyed for its virtuosic recreation of the period' THE SUNDAY TIMES
'A serpentine thriller' SPECTATOR
'A pure delight' NEIL GAIMAN
'All the hallmarks of a modern classic' ADAM KAY
'Two great masters join forces to explosive effect' RICHARD OSMAN
'Huge fun - gripping and very clever. I didn't want it to end' PETER JAMES
'A beautiful magic trick in itself - wonderful' DERREN BROWN
'I absolutely loved every twist, every turn, every blockbusting cliffhanger' STEVEN MOFFAT

Meet Louis Warlock.

Man about town, denizen of Soho's nightclubs and cabaret bars - and the most skilled magician of his time . . .

As a boy, Ludvik Weinschenk fled Nazi Germany to England with a pack of playing cards and three tricks to his name. Twelve years later, in 1950s London, having risen through the ranks of concert parties, night clubs and variety theatres, Ludvik - or Louis Warlock as he is now known - is the most famous magician in Britain.

But after his talent for deception attracts the attention of the British secret service, Louis is thrown into the perilous world of espionage and finds himself sent across Europe with a dangerous mission to fulfil. When he comes face to face with a nemesis whose cunning rivals his own, Louis will need to use every trick in the book - or risk the most terrible consequences, both for the country and for himself.

A highly entertaining, fiendishly clever thriller, The Warlock Effect offers a twist-filled, rollicking adventure - and a glimpse into the phenomenal mind of an extraordinary magician.


'A delicious confection from a pair of devilishly clever minds' STEVE PEMBERTON
'A superb story of espionage and human endurance which casts its own vivid spell. In the stage magician Louis Warlock, Nyman and Dyson have created one of fiction's most complex and beguiling heroes' JAY RAYNER
'Intriguing and completely original, this Cold War spy novel is just what every bookshelf needs' W.C. RYAN
'The period atmosphere and the Cold War detail feel like a Le Carre but it's the characters you really care about. Exactly like some of the magic it describes, the odd sleight of hand or false deception wrapped around a terrific mystery.' IAN MOORE
'Edge-of-your-seat stuff . . . Heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure, The Warlock Effect is a fiendish mix of history, humour and horror' SJ BENNETT
'A thrilling and ingenious work of wonder. Twisting, evocative and hugely entertaining, The Warlock Effect delivers on every level' CHRIS WHITAKER
'Spellbinding. Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman skillfully depict a shadowy world of magic and espionage in this gripping tale that is entertaining, heartfelt and as twisty as any artful stage magician's signature trick.' ADAM HAMDY
'An adventure told with skill and wit and quite a lot up its sleeve. Sharp and scary and full of twists and turns.' DAVID QUANTICK