A Colder War

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Macmillan, Aug 5, 2014 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Internationally acclaimed as "a premier writer of espionage thrillers" (USA Today), Charles Cumming is "among the most skillful spy novelists" (Washington Post) and "a worthy successor to the masters...like John le Carré and Len Deighton" (Chicago Sun-Times). Now, with A COLDER WAR, Cumming returns with MI6 agent Tom Kell (A Foreign Country), in a tour de force that will dazzle readers and critics alike.

A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence, before being removed or killed.

Then Paul Wallinger, MI6's most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers what Wallinger had already begun to suspect—that there's a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence, a traitor who has been systematically sabotaging scores of joint intelligence operations in the Middle East.

 

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User Review  - antao - LibraryThing

"A Colder War" is Charles Cumming’s sequel to his first Thomas Kell novel, "A Foreign Country" (reviewed here). I love Gentleman-thief's novels. I don't usually do book or author comparisons, but this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

Thomas Kell, who first appeared in Charles Cumming’s earlier novel A Foreign Country, returns, this time charged with investigating the sudden death of Paul Wallinger whose plane had crashed during a ... Read full review

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CHARLES CUMMING is the author of the first Thomas Kell book, A Foreign Country, as well as the New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six, and others including A Spy by Nature and Typhoon. He lives with his family in London.

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