Yehuda from Kerioth was the most able undercover agent that the Temple guard ever produced.
After eighteen months of meticulous preparation infiltrating the entourage of a Galilean holy man and would-be king of Israel, Yeshua from Nazareth, he came to Jerusalem at Passover and pulled off his greatest coup. Two days later he was dead. What went wrong?
Retired spymaster Solomon Eliades is called back from his vineyard to investigate the death of his protegee. But secrets from his own past – and the search for an inconveniently missing body – put him and his family in danger...
Nicholas Graham studied creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was a member of the Sidney Sussex College Cambridge University team that won BBC2’s University Challenge – Champions Reunited series. An early draft of The Judas Case won a 2016 Northern Writers Awards New Fiction Bursary. Nicholas lives with his partner in a remote coastal village in Cumbria.
David Steward (Guest Review) - 22 Aug, 2022
This is such a distinctive book that comparisons can’t do it justice. The descriptions of spycraft are as sharp and convincing as in Adam Hall’s early Quiller books. But what sets it apart is the quality of the writing. Only a writer of Graham’s skill could build a compelling mystery story around familiar biblical events. There’s also a powerful sense of place. Deighton’s Berlin is Graham’s Holy Land, and instead of the Cold War era, we’re in the age of early Christianity. Without slowing the action or distracting from the plot, Graham describes Eliades’ world in vivid and often haunting detail. Julian Symons described Deighton as “a poet of the spy story”. Graham is a poet of the historical thriller.