A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Charles Cumming, lauded internationally as the successor to John le Carré, returns with his biggest, most ambitious thriller to date. Beginning in 1997, just as the British are about to re - turn Hong Kong to Chinese rule, Joe Lennox, a young opera tive for SIS (MI6), loses both his girlfriend and his first high profile asset—a prominent defector who disappears from a safe house. The girlfriend he lost to Miles Coolidge, a hard-bitten CIA agent; the asset to collusion between his bosses and the CIA. Over ten years later, during the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, Lennox is back in China, facing his old nemeses. With the CIA plotting to use an Islamic group to destabilize China, the SIS seeking to thwart them and his old asset the key to all of this, Joe Lennox, Miles Coolidge, and the girlfriend they shared are all hopelessly intertwined in a plot where trust is impossible and truth is unknowable.PLUS SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT: FIRST CHAPTER "SNEAK PEEK" OF CHARLES CUMMING'S THE TRINITY SIX.The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed - the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it...London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that - and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem.Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money. When a journalist friend asks for his help researching a possible sixth member of the notorious Trinity spy ring, Gaddis knows that she's onto a story that could turn his fortunes around. But within hours the journalist is dead, apparently from a heart attack.Taking over her investigation, Gaddis trails a man who claims to know the truth about Edward Crane. Europe still echoes with decades of deadly disinformation on both sides of the Iron Curtain. And as Gaddis follows a series of leads across the continent, he approaches a shocking revelation - one which will rock the foundations of politics from London to Moscow..."Cumming's novel is characterized by a gripping sense of realism. He displays a vast knowledge of spycraft and Cold War history, and the dense, three-dimensional world he crafts comes complete with seedy hotels and smoky nightclubs. The result is absolutely gripping. Taut, atmospheric and immersive—an instant classic." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Trinity SixThe Trinity Six is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Thrillers title.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781429985444
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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poppy2010 Jul 12, 2013

Totally disagree with 'Zipread', Cumming is now the master of the modern spy thriller. One can read how the present world of espionage really is, and be absorbed by the complex mix of actual facts mixed with his fiction.
Cumming shows a remarkable understanding of historical situations, and their impact on present day world events.

Jan 26, 2012

Typhoon by Charles Cumming This is one of those books that one might struggle to read. You know the kind: the one with exciting bits wedged in among stuff that is boring at best. What kind of fool reads 150 pages of a book before chucking it? Reading a book is sort of a contract between a reader who promises to read faithfully and with understanding even if all of the book isn’t electrifyingly engaging. The author, on the other hand, promises to write a book that will engage the reader’s interest and engagement. I held up my en d of the bargain but I’m not sure this book holds up the author’s end of the deal. Time to move on.


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