May 2018 Faber & Faber
ESCAPE AND EVASION is the story of city banker Joseph Aschroft, who steals $1.34 billion from his own bank, gives it untraceably to impoverished strangers worldwide, and flees.
Why has he done this, and will he get away with it?
An ex-soldier, Joseph discounts leaving the country in favour of hiding close by, first in the city, then in the woods near the home of his estranged family. He is hunted by Ben Lancaster, the bank’s head of security and, as it happens, a former army friend. The two men share a violent, guilt-ridden past.
ESCAPE AND EVASION is a tragicomic tale of buried secrets, the lengths a man will go to to win back those he loves, and the fallout from a monumental change of heart.
A ferociously smart, high-octane thriller about a rogue banker who plays Robin Hood and then runs for his life. Joseph Ashcroft is mad as hell and not going to take it any more and Escape and Evasion reads like a Network for the Bitcoin era. A big-hearted book about the rage for revenge, the bonds of friendship and the eternal pull of home. (Tony Parsons)
A brilliant, gripping and important take on masculinity and responsibility, ingeniously plotted and beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down, totally sucked into Joseph’s downward spiral.
Compelling, disturbing, profoundly moving. The real sense of jeopardy is that dangerous character we can never escape from: the self.
Christopher Wakling has done it again. Escape and Evasion is both page-turning and heart-warming, with touches of comedy, a characterful narrative voice and a brilliant final twist.
The story of a bank heist, a break-up and a break-down, it’s funny, tense, moving and wise – like a cross between Falling Down and Rogue Male, but much better than both. (Tobias Jones)
Loved the framing urgency, and the kindness, and the sad sweet theme of running away but circling home. A thriller but also a thoughtful book about masculinity.
Compelling from the start – a thrilling story about a disappearance and a deeper one about courage and morality, fear and love.
I was expecting a pure thriller, but this was something else. . . Not only a great read but a fascinating exploration of different manifestations of masculinity, racked with tension and sprinkled with humour. (Ros Barber)