Book Recommendation: Yesterday's Spy by Tom Bradby

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Book Recommendation: Yesterday's Spy by Tom Bradby

I enjoyed reading Yesterday's Spy (2022) by British journalist and novelist Tom Bradby and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about this book and the author.


From British journalist and bestselling author, Tom Bradby, Yesterday's Spy is a brilliantly plotted historical espionage novel about a father searching for his disappeared son against the backdrop of the 1953 coup in Tehran.

London, 1953. Harry Towers is a recently retired, and even more recently widowed, British intelligence officer. After a night spent drinking away his sorrows, he is awakened by a phone call with chilling news. His estranged son Sean has gone missing in Tehran after writing a damning article about the involvement of government officials in the opium trade. Harry springs to action, eager to reunite with his son and atone for past wrongs.

When he arrives in Tehran, a city roiling with political dissatisfaction and on the brink of a historic coup, Harry joins forces with Sean's Iranian girlfriend Shahnaz--seemingly the only other person interested in finding the disappeared journalist. Harry's career as a spy soon proves perfect training for this much more personal mission as American, British, Iranian, and French players flit in and out of the scene. But as the first attempt at a coup in the city fails and foreign powers jockey for oil, money, and influence, Sean's disappearance takes on a more sinister tone. Was he really taken in retribution for his reporting, or is this an attempt to silence a globally significant revelation he was preparing to make?

Or, most terrifying of all, does Sean's disappearance have nothing to do with him at all? Has Harry's past caught up to them all?  Goodreads


Tom Bradby

Thomas Matthew Bradby is a British journalist and novelist who currently presents the ITV News at Ten. He was previously political editor for ITV News from 2005 to 2015, and presented The Agenda with Tom Bradby, a political discussion series, from 2012 to 2016. Wikipedia
Born: January 13, 1967 (age 55 years), Malta
Spouse: Claudia Bradby (m. 1994)


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Comments (14)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not quite my kind of book Roy... but it is my husband's kind of book. He knows Iran and Tehran very well and would enjoy this.

Sep 29, 2022 04:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Your reading machine must be due for an oil change. Wow, what a n envious rate. Enjoy your day.

Sep 29, 2022 04:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- this one sounds like a good thriller to me. Harrison Ford could play the lead in this one

Sep 29, 2022 06:03 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Happy Thursday. Great information.  Thank you for the post and sell a house. Bill

Sep 29, 2022 06:09 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Roy Kelley Wow This sounds like another great book - thank you 

Sep 29, 2022 07:18 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Sounds a great book, I have been reading some of the Kent Krueger books, which I have enjoyed, will see if the local library has this one available.

Sep 29, 2022 08:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thank you for this book recommendation, and another author I have not heard of.

Sep 29, 2022 08:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Yesterday's Spy by Tom Bradby sounds like a great read for fans of spy novels, Roy.

Sep 29, 2022 02:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Oct 03, 2022 04:15 AM