Catching the world's most wanted terrorist was supposed to be someone else's job...
John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former war correspondent has been kidnapped and tortured - twice. Finally he's living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London.
The mastermind behind the attack is Mustafa al-Baghdadi - No.1 on the FBI's most wanted list - and the man who tortured Bailey in Fallujah a decade ago.
Mustafa has a deadly axe to grind with Bailey. He taunts him with threats of more attacks in other cities, closer to home. Back in Sydney, the people who matter most to Bailey have become targets.
Bailey turns to the only man who can help - ruthless CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson - to bring down the world's most deadly terrorist.
Praise for State of Fear 'Sharp, incisive and scarily prescient, I was hooked from the first chapter to the final page.' Sara Foster, bestselling author of The Hidden Hours 'Another brilliantly crafted thriller from Ayliffe that fits perfectly in today's worrying world ... Verdict: Get this guy on TV.' Herald Sun 'As a correspondent, I lived this world. Tim Ayliffe has written it.' Stan Grant, writer and broadcaster 'Utterly compelling and terrifyingly timely. I could not put it down.' Pip Drysdale, bestselling author of The Sunday Girl 'Terrifying and thought-provoking, this polished page-turner will keep you glued to the edge of your seat, to the very last, heart-wrenching pages. Ayliffe is masterful... he has delivered one of the best thrillers of the year.' Better Reading 'A roller-coaster ride of a novel.' Glam Adelaide Praise for The Greater Good 'A thriller ripped straight from the headlines.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Ayliffe delivers a taut, nail-biting page-turner, stamping his mark on the modern day Australian thriller.' Better Reading 'Bailey is charismatic, sarcastic and broken all rolled into one . . . a brilliantly written character starring in a cracking crime thriller.' Herald Sun 'A crime thriller with the lot: murder, deceit, corruption and a hint of romance . . . Ayliffe takes you deep inside the worlds of politics and the media, with a heavy dose of international intrigue thrown in.' Michael Rowland 'An absolute cracker of a thriller.' Chris Uhlmann 'If Rake were a journalist, with a talent that equals his capacity to survive being beaten up, Bailey would be him.' Julia Bair