Kruse has spent his life keeping other people safe. How far will he go to protect the ones he loves?
Christopher Kruse has moved to the south of France with his wife and daughter to become a better man—to escape his past as a high-priced security agent and his guilt over old wrongs. But after a harrowing accident, he finds himself drawn into a web of political gamesmanship and murder. When his wife disappears, Kruse must draw on his old instincts to find her, ahead of the police and two sinister members of a Corsican crime family. His desperate search leads him closer to his wife, and deeper into the dangerous machinations of the most powerful leaders in the country.
Come Barbarians is a gripping novel of love and loss, murder, revenge and political conspiracy. Todd Babiak has created a complex, magnetic character forced to confront his bleakest hour and his darkest impulses.
Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year
“If you like The Wire TV series, you’ll like Come Barbarians. . . .Babiak is one of my favourite authors and he’s written a spine-tingling thriller that should be read with the lights on and the doors locked.” —VANCOUVER SUN
“ A taut thriller, mercilessly paced, with clever shifts and turns that serve to keep the reader continually unsettled and second-guessing everything and everyone… Thrilling and heartbreaking, Come Barbarians is a novel that will satisfy the most discerning of readers.” —CALGARY HERALD
“Come Barbarians is a smashing success on both fronts [literary and thriller]. The story snaps and twists in all the right places. . . . It’s a treat.” —EDMONTON JOURNAL
“A gritty crime story set in France. . . . The plot comes with enough action to be straight from the script of a Hollywood thriller.” —THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“Aficionados of hypermasculinist thrillers like Taken, to which this work has some parallels, will love this glorious celebration of action-movie conventions.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Come Barbarians is a page-turner in the vein of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.” —QUILL & QUIRE
“With Come Barbarians, Todd Babiak stands shoulder to shoulder with Greene and Le Carré, but makes the world his own, infusing it with French New Wave cinema and an emotionally resonant voice to craft a thriller of distinction, and of the heart.” —ANDREW PYPER, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DEMONOLOGIST
“Come Barbarians is a heart-wrenching and heart-stopping thriller filled with powerful demonstrations of familial love as well as remarkable, chilling violence. Babiak masterfully negotiates these two extremes in this fast-paced, intelligent novel that had me white-knuckled until the last page.” —IVY POCHODA, AUTHOR OF VISITATION STREET
“A strong, accomplished thriller with a subtle touch of character and a great sense of France and French politics.” —MARTIN WALKER, AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE SERIES
“Utterly gripping. Gets you by the throat and doesn’t let go.” —SABINE DURRANT, AUTHOR OF UNDER YOUR SKIN