Happy publication day to Ava Glass, whose addictive new novel, The Chase, publishes today in UK paperback (Penguin Random House). The first book in the Alias Emma series, this race against the clock spy thriller is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat.

In The Chase, British spy Emma Makepeace has one night to get the son of a former Russian secret agent to protective custody without being captured on the thousands of Russian-hacked CCTV cameras across London. In a world where constant surveillance is our reality, how can a spy on the run hope to cross the city without being seen? Travelling on foot and operating without phones or bank cards that could reveal their location or identity, Emma has 12 hours to complete this impossible assignment. Just one wrong move with get them killed…

Since its initial publication, The Chase has enjoyed great success, featuring on CrimeReads Best Espionage Novel of 2022 list as well as Library Journal’s Best Thriller of the Year (2022). It has featured in roundups by Dead Good and The Guardian and received glowing reviews from a star studded list of authors, just some of which are below:

A thrilling read, with brilliantly likeable protagonists, nonstop heart-pumping action, and multiple twists and turns. I could not have loved it more!’ Lisa Jewell

It’s got a terrific lead character in Emma Makepeace, a young spy in a covert department where nobody is to be trusted. It’s all tremendous fun and I suspect this is going to be a major, long-running series.’ Anthony Horowitz

The Chase is one of those wonderful thrillers that you read in a day and know you’ll remember for years. Emma Makepeace is a worthy heir to the James Bond mantel’ James Patterson

Congratulations, Ava! We are so excited for readers to discover The Chase! If you haven’t already, you can get your copy here.