Out of print for nearly 30 years, this masterpiece of cat-and-mouse espionage suspense from the "genius" bestseller Ian Rankin is as timely and urgent as ever (Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series) In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism. Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught in the middle. In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: A British citizen named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters.Halfway across the world, at English ground control headquarters, Martin Hepton watches with dismay as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton's who suspects something strange is going on disappears. Hepton realizes there is much more at stake than anyone knows -- and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade . . .