A Colder War Hardback
Part of the Thomas Kell Spy Thriller series
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 Carre, Charles Cumming is 'the master of the modern spy thriller' (Mail on Sunday) MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash.
Amelia Levene, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, wants the incident investigated - quickly and quietly.
The only man she can trust is Thomas Kell, a disgraced spy searching for redemption.
Arriving in Istanbul, Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised: a traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the Special Relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East.
Kell's search for the mole takes him from London, to Greece, and into Eastern Europe.
But when Kell is betrayed by those closest to him, the stakes become personal.
He will do anything to see this operation through - including putting himself, and others, in the line of fire...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 24/04/2014
- Category: Espionage & spy thriller
- ISBN: 9780007467471
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Review by Eyejaybee
I enjoyed this book but still felt rather let down by it. After Cumming's other recent wok I suppose i just allowed my expectations to be too high.It certainly opens well with Kell, desperate to be rehabilitated into MI6 after having been the fall guy for embarrassing revelations about incidents of extraordinary rendition, being asked to investigate the sudden death of a senior MI6 officer. Arriving in Ankara he begins to piece together part of a beguiling story which suggests that there may be a prominent mole either in MI6 or the CIA. This was all very convincing, but I felt that Cuming took his eye off the ball, and the story subsided into a rather implausible holiday romance in the middle. He pulled it together for the finale, but the overall impact was slightly impaired. I recently read Cumming's novel 'Typhoon' which i thought was masterful. This one received a lot of media attention, with the all too predictable comparisons to le Carre, but it failed to deliver in full.