Anthony Horowitz’s third 007 novel titled With a Mind to Kill

The title and synopsis of Horowitz’s forthcoming James Bond novel were released by Vintage this morning.

Jonathan Cape, Vintage, and Ian Fleming Publications are delighted to reveal the title and front cover of award-winning novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz’s third official James Bond novel. Signed copies are available to pre-order from today from high street and independent retailers.

With a Mind to Kill opens with M’s funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in custody, accused of M’s murder – James Bond.

Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion’s den – but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives?

In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.

Anthony Horowitz is the only author in recent years to have been invited by Ian Fleming Publications to write successive, official James Bond novels. The collaboration began in 2015 with the Sunday Times bestseller Trigger Mortis, followed by Forever and a Day in 2018 – also a Sunday Times bestseller. He follows in the footsteps of William Boyd and Solo in 2013, the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, with Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.

Pre-order online

With a Mind to Kill will be published in the UK on 26th May 2022 and is available to pre-order online from Amazon. The US edition will be published two days earlier by Harper.
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Updated 20/05/22 to include details of US edition.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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One Response to “Anthony Horowitz’s third 007 novel titled With a Mind to Kill”

  • David Gathern

    Happy birthday T.J.B.D. here to the next 20 years