Former Australian spy Warren Reed has photographed written an entertaining, if at times overly didactic, spy thriller, An Elephant On Your Nose. Photo: Sahlan Hayes/Fairfax Media/Getty Images

Espionage thriller by former spy, about jihad in Japan, is a real page-turner

  • Warren Reed’s an Elephant on Your Nose emphasises the human side of espionage in tale of an international cast of characters out to foil terror in Tokyo
  • The book is let down by his tendency to overexplain, excessive narration, stilted dialogue, lessons in history, and some lapses of judgment
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Former Australian spy Warren Reed has photographed written an entertaining, if at times overly didactic, spy thriller, An Elephant On Your Nose. Photo: Sahlan Hayes/Fairfax Media/Getty Images
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Richard Lord

Richard Lord

Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.