Jeremy Duns is the author of five books: Dead Drop: The True Story of Oleg Penkovsky and the Cold War’s Most Dangerous Operation  (titled Codename: Hero in the US); and the spy novels Free AgentSong Of Treason (originally titled Free Country), The Moscow Option and Spy Out The Land.

His journalism has been published by The Sunday TimesThe Sunday Telegraph, The GuardianTime Out and elsewhere. Free Agent was one of the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Thrillers of the year’ in 2009, and was praised by William Boyd as ‘a wholly engrossing and sophisticated spy novel set against a forgotten corner of 20th century history’. The Times called Song Of Treason ‘a masterly excursion back to the bad old days of the Cold War’, while The Guardian said it was ‘a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers’. Oleg Gordievsky called Dead Drop an ‘excellent book’ that ‘contains lessons that are still valid in the 21st century’ and Francis Wheen called it an ‘irresistible real-life thriller’. The fourth Paul Dark novel, Spy Out The Land, was published by Simon & Schuster in January 2016.

To contact Jeremy, please email 

For rights and related enquiries, please contact his agent:

Antony Topping,
Greene & Heaton,
37 Goldhawk Road,
London, W12 8QQ.

Tel: 020 87490315

TV and film rights are handled by Sayle Screen. Dead Drop is currently under option for a feature film; the BBC optioned the Dark novels for television in 2009, but the option lapsed and TV and film rights are both currently available. 

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‘The immediacy of Duns’ writing grabs and suspends the reader in a beautifully realized heartbeat of recent history’ – Kirkus Reviews