Jon Stock is the author of five spy novels and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three children.

After reading English at Cambridge University, he worked as a freelance journalist in London, writing features for most of Britain's national newspapers, as well as contributing regularly to BBC Radio 4. He was also chosen for Carlton TV's acclaimed scriptwriters course. Between 1998 and 2000, he was Delhi correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

On his return to Britain, he worked on various Saturday sections of the paper before taking up a staff job as editor of Weekend in 2005. He left Weekend and the Telegraph in 2010 to pursue a full-time career as an author. He also wrote for The Week magazine in India from 2005, when he lived in Cochin, South India, to 2012.

His first novel, THE RIOT ACT, was published in 1997 by Serpent's Tail and was launched on the 50th floor of Canary Wharf tower. The book was shortlisted by the Crime Writers' Association for its best first novel award and was subsequently published by Gallimard in France as part of its acclaimed Serie Noir. A film of the book is currently in development with Bosco Inc in LA. THE CARDAMOM CLUB was published in 2003 by Blackamber (now Arcadia Books) in Britain and by Penguin in India.


DEAD SPY RUNNING, his third novel and the first in the ‘Legoland’ trilogy, was published by HarperCollins in 2009 and has been translated into five languages. The sequel, GAMES TRAITORS PLAY, was published in March 2011. DIRTY LITLE SECRET came out in hardback in July 2012.

Warner Brothers bought the film rights to the trilogy in 2008. Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (TRAFFIC, SYRIANA) was hired to write the screenplay for DEAD SPY RUNNING, which was later polished by Jamie Moss. In September 2012, Indie director and writer team Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett was hired to take on the project.

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