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Publisher Comments:

“Silkily written, and more cool than hot…might make le Carré proud.”—The New York Times BOOK REVIEW

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple is brutally murdered. Then, days later, on the streets of Paris, a young French accountant is kidnapped. When Amelia Levene, who in six weeks is due to take over as the first female Chief of MI6, disappears without a trace while in the south of France, it is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her but to keep the press from learning that she has gone missing, Britains top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

“Eat your heart out, Daniel Craig...Cumming vividly showcases the undercover life of spies.”—GQ

Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself—all he has to do is find Amelia Levene: quickly, quietly, and at any cost. Following a trail that leads him to France and then Tunisia, Kell uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. All that stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe is Kell himself…

“Superb.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Bestseller Cumming follows 2011's The Trinity Six with another superb stand-alone, which opens in 1978 Tunisia, where Amelia Weldon, a 20-year-old British au pair, is having an affair with her expatriate French employer. Fast forward to the present, to the brutal, apparently random murder of a retired French couple on an Egyptian beach; the abduction of a target referred to as HOLST on the streets of Paris; and the disappearance of the much older Weldon on the eve of her becoming chief of the U.K.'s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. The agency taps Thomas Kell, a former MI6 operative 'turfed out in disgrace,' to find out what's become of her. Starting out in Nice, Kell trails Weldon to Tunisia, where she turns up with a much younger man in tow. Cumming is particularly skilled at sketching his characters, most notably Kell (a classically reluctant spy) and Weldon, who's haunted by personal demons central to the elaborate puzzle of a story. The elegant prose will appeal to those who don't usually read spy fiction. 100,000 first printing. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“Silkily written, and more cool than hot…might make le Carré proud.”—The New York Times BOOK REVIEW

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple is brutally murdered. Then, days later, on the streets of Paris, a young French accountant is kidnapped. When Amelia Levene, who in six weeks is due to take over as the first female Chief of MI6, disappears without a trace while in the south of France, it is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her but to keep the press from learning that she has gone missing, Britains top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

“Eat your heart out, Daniel Craig...Cumming vividly showcases the undercover life of spies.”—GQ

Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself—all he has to do is find Amelia Levene: quickly, quietly, and at any cost. Following a trail that leads him to France and then Tunisia, Kell uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. All that stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe is Kell himself…

“Superb.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Synopsis:

From Charles Cumming, the internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six, comes a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption: A Foreign Country
 
 
On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously-planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britains top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell. Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself - find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.

About the Author

CHARLES CUMMING is the author of the New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six, as well as others, including Typhoon, A Spy by Nature, and The Spanish Game . He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312591335
Author:
Cumming, Charles
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Davies, Jot
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Thrillers/General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective/International Mystery & Crime
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 CDs, 11 hours
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 448 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312591335 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Cumming follows 2011's The Trinity Six with another superb stand-alone, which opens in 1978 Tunisia, where Amelia Weldon, a 20-year-old British au pair, is having an affair with her expatriate French employer. Fast forward to the present, to the brutal, apparently random murder of a retired French couple on an Egyptian beach; the abduction of a target referred to as HOLST on the streets of Paris; and the disappearance of the much older Weldon on the eve of her becoming chief of the U.K.'s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. The agency taps Thomas Kell, a former MI6 operative 'turfed out in disgrace,' to find out what's become of her. Starting out in Nice, Kell trails Weldon to Tunisia, where she turns up with a much younger man in tow. Cumming is particularly skilled at sketching his characters, most notably Kell (a classically reluctant spy) and Weldon, who's haunted by personal demons central to the elaborate puzzle of a story. The elegant prose will appeal to those who don't usually read spy fiction. 100,000 first printing. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Silkily written, and more cool than hot…might make le Carré proud.”—The New York Times BOOK REVIEW

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple is brutally murdered. Then, days later, on the streets of Paris, a young French accountant is kidnapped. When Amelia Levene, who in six weeks is due to take over as the first female Chief of MI6, disappears without a trace while in the south of France, it is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her but to keep the press from learning that she has gone missing, Britains top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

“Eat your heart out, Daniel Craig...Cumming vividly showcases the undercover life of spies.”—GQ

Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself—all he has to do is find Amelia Levene: quickly, quietly, and at any cost. Following a trail that leads him to France and then Tunisia, Kell uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. All that stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe is Kell himself…

“Superb.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Synopsis" by ,
From Charles Cumming, the internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six, comes a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption: A Foreign Country
 
 
On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously-planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britains top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell. Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself - find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.
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