Summary

For all fans of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy comes this master class in suspense about a spy caught up in his own web of deception....
Alec Milius is young, smart and ambitious - with a talent for deception. When a chance encounter opens the door to a career with MI6, he is desperate to make his mark.
But life as a spy begins to take a terrible toll on himself and those around him, and soon Alec is chasing not just success but survival. Forced to work alone, he spins a web of deceit that traps him centre stage in a game of global espionage.
In this new job, the difference between truth and a lie can be a matter of life and death. And for Alec, it's getting harder to tell them apart....
A Spy by Nature is the best-selling novel with which Charles Cumming announced his arrival as heir apparent to masters like John le Carré and Len Deighton; compellingly told, utterly authentic and heart-racingly intense, it will grip you until the very end.
©2011 Charles Cumming (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"Gripping, exciting and deftly plotted.... A book one would be seriously annoyed to have put down." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Tautly written and believable...a complex tale of code words, betrayal of friendship, bluff and counterbluff.... Cumming writes it like it is." (Mail on Sunday)
"Eerily good...a strong and serious entertainment. Don't miss." (Literary Review)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 10-06-18

Mediocre compared with his later works

The later novels are more restrained and nuanced and feature more likeable characters. The narrator did a good job with the cards he was dealt.

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5 out of 5 stars
By damjan on 19-04-18

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Great story and excellent performance by narrator. i just hated the ending - maybe a sequel would be possibility.

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