Lie Down With Lions
1985 | Thriller | 512 pages
A Dangerous Romance
A Fight for Freedom
A Perilous Escape
The men who wanted to kill Ahmet Yilmaz were serious people. They were exiled Turkish students living in Paris, and they had already murdered an attache´ at the Turkish Embassy and firebombed the home of a senior executive of Turkish Airlines. They
hose Yilmaz as their next target because he was a wealthy supporter of the military dictatorship and because he lived, conveniently, in Paris. Continue reading
I get a lot of letters about the love scene in this book. I suppose it is rather steamy. I worked for a year on a story, called Country Risk, that I never finished. It was about a group of Russians who take over a Western bank and attempt to manipulate a financial crisis. I did a lot of research and came up with a plot which my agent and my publishers liked.
As I began Chapter One, I started thinking about how people talk about Eye of the Needle and how they are on the edge of their seat, desperate to know what happens next. I realised nobody was ever going to feel that way about a what happens in a bank and I abandoned it. Instead, I came up with Lie Down with Lions, a story about two people escaping from Afghanistan over the Himalayas during the Afghan War. And as in Eye of the Needle, I put a woman at the centre of the story.
“Vintage Follett . . . This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably.” - USA Today
"A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle . . . engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration . . . I couldn’t put it down." - Los Angeles Times
“Sheer suspense.” - The Washington Post
“Masterful . . . plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing . . . keep you on edge every moment.” - Associated Press
“Combines modern warfare, international espionage, and a love story while also, in typical Follett fashion, playing out the fate of his characters amid thrilling escapes and shattering revelations.” - Richmond Times-Dispatch