Domino Island by Desmond Bagley

This news totally slipped past me. A previously unpublished novel by thriller author Desmond Bagley is to be released next week.

Bagley had sixteen thrillers published in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The last two of which were published posthumously following his death in 1983.

The “new” book, titled Domino Island, is based on a manuscript Bagley submitted in 1972. Plans to publish it were changed due to the movie The Mackintosh Man coming out that year based on his novel The Freedom Trap. The manuscript was found and Bagley’s annotations and notes have been used to produce a final draft.


Bill Kemp, an ex-serviceman working in London as an insurance investigator, is sent to the Caribbean to verify a life insurance claim that will make property magnate David Salton’s young widow a very rich lady.

As Kemp begins to discover that Salton’s political ambitions had made him a lot of enemies, and that his friends are reluctant to reveal themselves, local tensions around the forthcoming elections spill over into protest and violence on the streets – and murder.

Is this all a deliberate smokescreen for an altogether more ambitious plot? And who is the enemy in their midst? As events begin to spiral out of Kemp’s control, even his army training seems feeble in the face of such a determined foe.

Discovered after more than forty years, Domino Island is a vintage tour de force by one of the world’s most successful thriller writers.

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Domino island will be published by HarperCollins on 9 May 2019.