Dan Latus lives in Northumberland with his wife. He grew up in Teesside which has been his inspiration for this particular novel. Run for Home is his fourth novel published by Robert Hale who have also published Never Look Back, Risky Mission and Out of the Night.
Here he talks about how Prague inspired Run for Home.
Run for Home was born in Prague.
Prague. City of mystery and intrigue. I knew for a long time that it was where I wanted to locate a thriller. The place is a natural. All those dark, romantic buildings and shady lanes, all those unknowable interiors and subterranean passages that dissidents like the late Vaclav Havel have known so well.
In the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century Prague was different to the likes of Warsaw. Somehow it didn’t get destroyed, razed to the ground. Its historic central areas survived, covered in soot and pigeon droppings perhaps, but intact. World War II came and went without great impact on the ancient buildings of Prague, and so too did the decades of Soviet occupation and control.
Yet beneath the surface there was a kind of warfare that carried on incessantly. Prague was a natural stamping ground for all the intelligence agencies, and for so many émigrés from states that had suffered so much worse damage than Czechoslovakia. Their clandestine battles were fought hard. Probably they are still. Certainly Czech ministers have hinted as much in their annual reports concerning the activities of the security services.
I wanted to write a story about some of this, a story fashioned out of my frequent visits to the city over many years. I also wanted to fashion a link with Northumberland, where I live. Out of this came Run for Home. I hope my readers like it.
Run for Home Synopsis
British counter-intelligence officer Harry Gibson finds the murdered bodies of his three colleagues in their safe house in Prague and knows he has to get out, before he becomes the fourth. The uncertainty of the attacker’s identity ensures Harry can trust no one.
Seeking sanctuary back in the UK, there is no peace, with so many unanswered questions, and the knowledge that someone dear to him has been left behind. Harry must return to Prague, submersing himself in the changing and dangerous landscape if he is to uncover the far-reaching conspiracy in the ranks of his own service.
In this exciting thriller Dan Latus has produced another must-read book for his fans.