• $11.99

Publisher Description

"Tautly written, cleverly plotted...it reminded me strongly of the early books of John le Carré" -- Robert Harris, author of The Ghost and Fatherland.

"Charles Cumming is a man put on earth to perpetuate the spy thriller." --The Daily Telegraph

Alec Milius, a recent graduate of the London School of Economics, is young, smart, and a bit of a slacker, stuck in a shady job and suffering from a lack of direction. So, when an old family friend offers to put him up for a job in British Intelligence, Alec begins the rigorous selection process for SIS or MI6.

Though he doesn't officially make the cut, he is funneled into a prime position at a British oil company with interests in the Caspian Sea. He is directed to befriend Fortner Grice and Katharine Simms, two charismatic employees of Andromeda, a rival American oil firm. Lured into the murky world of industrial espionage, Milius finds himself trapped in a life of secrets and lies, manipulated by MI6 and the CIA, and confronted by the reality of a ruthless business environment in which priceless information can come at the cost of human life.

Compellingly told, utterly authentic, and heart-racingly tense, A Spy By Nature will grip you until the very last page.

Mysteries & Thrillers
July 10
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

iPodEddie ,

Unpleasant protagonist

The book is well written, though the American characters are caricatures. I've read and enjoyed novels with heroes (e.g. Alan Furst) and everymen (e.g. Eric Ambler) and seedy gumshoes (Chandler, Hammett), but never one with a protagonist as unlikeable as Alec Milius.

Juniper Shuey ,

Very good

An excellent realistic version of modern spying. Not filled with action but rather the human experience of deception.

Men With Gloves ,

Good story with ugly characters

Unpleasant and dishonest Alec is recruited for some unknown reason to be a spy. He, as expected, screws up revealing that his superiors match his incompetence. A surprising debut as there in no fun and no interesting characters but an interesting story.

More Books by Charles Cumming

Other Books in This Series