Author: Charles Cumming
About the book:
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.
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 Carre 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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