The new John Bailey thriller OUT NOW


"Ayliffe has delivered one of the best thrillers of the year and set himself up to be amongst Australia's go-to thriller writers." 

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Battered war correspondent John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Finally he’s living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London.


The mastermind behind the attack is Mustafa al-Baghdadi – the terrorist leader who kidnapped and tortured Bailey in Fallujah a decade ago.


Mustafa is plotting more attacks and back in Sydney, the people who matter most to Bailey have become targets.


Bailey turns to the only man who can help – ruthless CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson – to bring down the world’s most wanted terrorist.


"A brilliantly written character starring in a cracking crime thriller"

Herald Sun

When a prostitute is found murdered in a luxury Sydney apartment, John Bailey is ordered to cover the story by The Journal’s editor, who can’t trust anyone else.


The former war correspondent has barely worked in years. He’s been drinking himself to sleep to fight his nightmares of being kidnapped and tortured in Iraq.


One of the dead prostitute’s clients, an advisor to Australia’s Defence Minister, is chief suspect in her murder and he’s on the run. He contacts Bailey claiming that he has been set up to silence him over a conspiracy linked to China that could bring down the government.


To complicate matters, the investigating police detective is the woman Bailey walked out on a decade ago. When a ruthless CIA fixer turns up, followed by a murderous Chinese agent hot on his trail, Bailey realises he has stumbled onto the story of a lifetime – one that he might not life to tell.

What people are saying 

Sharp, incisive and scarily prescient, I was hooked from the first chapter to the final page.
Sara Foster | Bestselling author of The Hidden Hours
Utterly compelling and terrifyingly timely. I could not put it down.
Pip Drysdale | Bestselling author of The Sunday Girl
As a correspondent, I lived this world. Tim Ayliffe has written it. 
Stan Grant | Writer and broadcaster
Ayliffe delivers a taut, nail-biting page-turner, stamping his mark on the modern day Australian thriller.
Better Reading
If Rake were a journalist, with a talent that equals his capacity for surviving being beaten up, Bailey would be him.
Julia Baird | Writer and Broadcaster
Tim Ayliffe delivers a ripping yarn that wraps the struggle between world powers in the clothes of a crime thriller.
Chris Uhlmann | Channel Nine Political Editor
Tim Ayliffe weaves his deep knowledge of journalism and politics into a spellbinding thriller. You won’t be able to put it down.
Michael Rowland | ABC News Breakfast
Who needs Jason Bourne when you can have John Bailey? You won't be able to put it down.
Chris Bath | TV & Radio Host

Where you can meet Tim

Better Read Than Dead

630pm Tuesday, August 13

The Avenue, Albert Park

Wed, Aug 28 7pm

Collins Bookshop Thirroul

In conversation with Sue Turnbull

Thurs, Aug 22 630pm

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival
11.15am Friday, September 6
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