An organisation that doesn’t exist.
A spy that can’t be caught.
Years ago, a spy was born…
1989: The Cold War will soon be over, but for BOX 88, a top secret spying agency, the espionage game is heating up. Lachlan Kite is sent to France to gather intelligence on the Lockerbie bombing. What he uncovers is terrifying…
Now he faces the deadliest decision of his life…
2020: Kite has been taken captive and brutally tortured. He now has a choice: reveal the truth about what happened in France thirty years earlier – or watch his family die.
In a battle unlike anything he has faced before, Kite must use all his skills to stay alive.
’A spy for the 21st century’ Daily Mail, Books of the Year
‘Wonderfully taut, exciting and up-to-date’ Spectator, Books of the Year
‘An ambitious fusion of coming-of-age novel and gripping espionage thriller’ Financial Times, Books of the Year
‘BOX 88 is so good. Charles Cumming is up there with the very best espionage writers’ Ian Rankin
‘A wonderful spy novel; Charles Cumming’s most ambitious – and his best – yet’ Mick Herron
‘Charles Cumming has breathed new life into the spy novel’ Ben Macintyre
‘Atmospheric and full of sharply realised characters’ Sunday Times
‘A clever thriller’ Sun
‘Intelligence, grace, and stunning verisimilitude’ Gregg Hurwitz
‘An engaging hero’ James Swallow
‘All the hallmarks of the finest spy thriller’ Charlotte Philby
‘Sharp-eyed and satisfying’ Henry Porter
‘A great new spy hero is born’ Amanda Craig
‘Ideal for anyone nostalgic for their first love and the whiff of Marlboro Lights’ The Times
About the author
Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. He was educated at Eton and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994 with First Class Honours in English Literature. In 1995, he was approached by the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
The Observer has described him as “the best of the new generation of British spy writers who are taking over where John le Carré and Len Deighton left off”.
Charles Cumming’s novels have been translated into thirteen languages. His work is published in the United States by St Martin’s Press.
He is one of the trustees of The Pierce Loughran Memorial Scholarship fund which provides tuition fees for the Yeats Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. In 2008 he was a First Story writer-in-residence at Cranford Community College, London. He is also the founder and President of the Jose Raul Capablanca Memorial Chess Society.