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, recruited from an elite boarding school, is sent to France, tasked with gathering intelligence on an enigmatic Iranian businessman implicated in the Lockerbie bombing. But what Kite uncovers is more terrifying than anyone expected…
Now he faces the deadliest decision of his life…
2020: MI5 hear rumours of BOX 88’s existence and go after Kite – but Iranian intelligence have got to him first. Taken captive and brutally tortured, Kite 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.
‘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
‘Atmospheric and full of sharply realised characters’ Sunday Times
‘With a lavish sprinkling of Bond…this is a high-quality spy story’ Daily Mail
‘Intelligence, grace, and stunning verisimilitude’ Gregg Hurwitz, author of the Orphan X series
‘An engaging hero’ James Swallow, author of Nomad
‘All the hallmarks of the finest spy thriller’ Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life
‘Enviably sharp-eyed and satisfying’ Henry Porter, author of Firefly
‘A great new spy hero is born’ Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule
’Don’t overlook the depth of Charles Cumming’s characterisations while you’re busy writhing with excitement’ Sunday Express
‘Enthralling’ Financial Times
‘Charles Cumming has breathed new life into the spy novel’ Ben Macintyre, author of The Spy and the Traitor
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.
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Absolutely brilliant. A compelling read from this master of the spy genre.