From the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, Charles Cumming is 'the master of the modern spy thriller' (Mail on Sunday).
Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who is in possession of a terrifying secret.
As Kell tracks his man from Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. As the mission reaches a boiling point, the threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack looms over Britain. Kell is faced with an impossible choice: loyalty to MI6 - or to his own conscience?
"We are in Smiley country, but with extra 21st century nuance...Cumming has an exquisite touch and we should treasure him" (Daily Mail)
"A thriller that has everything you could ask for - a twisty, sexy plot, topical themes, memorable characters and plentiful spy lore." (Sunday Times, Books of the Year)
"Refreshing, plausible and effective...Best of all is the sheer pace of the narrative." (Spectator)
"Charles Cumming is a man put on this earth to perpetuate the spy thriller." (Daily Telegraph)
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Not even on the same planet as Le Carre.
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