Lethal Sport, the debut novel from Michael Caine, shall be revealed within the UK and US in November, it has been introduced.
The actor, 90, has lengthy harboured the need to put in writing a thriller, and was impressed to take action by a information merchandise, says his UK writer, Hodder’s Rowena Webb, about “the invention of uranium by employees on a dump in London’s East Finish”. The novel’s lead character is DCI Harry Taylor, who, based on the synopsis, is “referred to as in when simply such a package deal is discovered, mysteriously deserted in Stepney and stolen earlier than the police can reclaim it. As safety companies all over the world go to crimson alert, it’s former SAS man Harry and his small crew from the Met who should race in opposition to time to search out who has the nuclear materials and what they plan to do with it.”
Key suspects within the case embody “the aristocratic English artwork seller Julian Smythe” and “mega-rich Russian Vladimir Voldrev”. The plot additionally includes “British neo-Nazis and Colombian drug cartels”, leaving Harry “simply the person to chop by the crimson tape and get to the guts of a unprecedented felony enterprise”.
Says Hodder fiction editor Nick Sayers: “When Rowena and I met Sir Michael final yr, I found that he’s not solely a lifelong reader of thrillers, but in addition an creator bursting with concepts for fiction of his personal. Lethal Sport is a cracking thriller with an actual voice and an excellent twist.”
Caine mentioned the novel, which he wrote throughout lockdown, in an interview with the Guardian in 2021, when the title was nonetheless If You Don’t Need to Die.
“I solely learn thrillers,” he advised Xan Brooks. “I’m an journey man, I’m not a literature particular person, so I’m not attempting to interchange Shakespeare right here. But it surely’s based mostly on one thing I as soon as examine two dustmen, two garbage collectors within the East Finish. And so they discover uranium within the garbage.”
Among the finest recognized and most beloved British movie stars of the previous 60 years, Caine has appeared in additional than 130 movies, together with Zulu, Alfie, The Italian Job and Sleuth.
He gained supporting actor Oscars for his performances in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider Home Guidelines, and extra lately has collaborated with the director Christopher Nolan.
Caine himself hails from south-east London, and has six instances performed a personality referred to as Harry, most notably in The Ipcress File and its sequels, and in 2009’s Harry’s Sport.
He’ll subsequent be quickly alongside Glenda Jackson in The Nice Escaper, based mostly on the real-life story of a second world warfare veteran who fled his care house to attend the D-Day anniversary in Normandy in 2014.