“A world of heavy shadow and blurred motivation, filled with doubt, cruelty, and prejudice... Johnston and Hart have turned out a superlative spy thriller.” Greg Rucka

“Terrific stuff: a taut, smart journey back to the dying days of the Cold War, with all the ingenious double-crosses and twists one could hope for.” Jeremy Duns

“Can take its place alongside Funeral in Berlin, Absolute Friends and Zoo Station in the file marked ‘classic Berlin espionage fiction.’ A cracking thriller.” The Deighton Dossier

“One of my favorite writers... fans of Greg Rucka and Len Deighton won't want to miss this.” Double O Section

November 1989.

Communism is collapsing, and soon both East and West will tear down the Berlin Wall.

But there is one last situation for MI6, Britain's intelligence service, to resolve. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that contains the name and details of every espionage officer in the city, on all sides.

But no list was found on his body.

MI6 sent Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no ties to Berlin, to recover the list. But Lorraine walked into a powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad, and secret assassinations. Then, on the night the Berlin Wall fell, her superior — MI6's senior officer in the city — was shot dead in the street.

Now Lorraine has returned to London to tell her story. And nothing is what it seems.

“A bit of a masterpiece... reminded me of John Le Carré in its very plausible complexity, but a lot more engaging and exciting.” Alan Moore


The Coldest City

is the first in a series of spy thriller graphic novels written by ANTONY JOHNSTON, revitalizing classic espionage fiction and following in the footsteps of authors like John Le Carré, Len Deighton, and Ian Mackintosh.

Set in Berlin during the last days before the Wall was torn down, THE COLDEST CITY revels in the paranoia, mistrust and corruption boiling over at the epicenter of the Cold War — where loyalty is the first casualty of survival, and honor is a rare luxury.

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“Beautifully subtle with a fantastic climax. The Coldest City is a sly espionage tale readers will indulge in through the end... Johnston is a great writer and has a great handle on this genre.” Crimespree Magazine

“Bodies pile up and twists abound... Fans of John Le Carré's spy thrillers will definitely enjoy this dense tale of intrigue.” Village Book Review

“A tight, tense book that focuses heavily on the gathering of intelligence... The Coldest City will keep you guessing until the last page.” Stumptown Trade Review

The Author

ANTONY JOHNSTON is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of comics, graphic novels, video games and books. His graphic novel series Wasteland is one of only a handful of such longform comic stories in the medium. His first video game, Dead Space, redefined the survival horror genre. Antony has written more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including The Fuse, Daredevil, Codename Baboushka, the Alex Rider graphic novels, and the adaptation of Alan Moore's 'lost screenplay' Fashion Beast. He lives and works in England.

“Once I sat down to read it, I had to keep going to see how it ended. If you like spy/noir reads, this should be at the top of your list.” Graphic Policy

The Artist

SAM HART was born in the UK, and now lives and works in Brazil. His work in comics and graphic novels includes iconic titles like Starship Troopers, Judge Dredd, Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur. He also illustrates for newspapers and magazines, and creates storyboards for advertising. He enjoys historical fiction and myths.

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“The Coldest City weaves a thrilling tale as espionage and counter-espionage drive the players... the closest analog to The Coldest City would be Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” No Flying No Tights

“Cold War buffs will feel right at home... The mysteries behind the list as well as the key players will keep readers turning the page.” Bella Online

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