A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
(HarperCollins (UK) St Martin's Press (US), 2017)

A Divided Spy

by Charles Cumming

A Sunday Times top ten bestseller, perfect for fans of The Night Manager, from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year and ‘the master of the modern spy thriller’ (Mail on Sunday).

A NEW COLD WAR IS LOOMING
Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. Until the Russian agent he blames for the death of his girlfriend is spotted at a Red Sea resort – in dangerous company.

ONE SPY WANTS REVENGE
Taking the law into his own hands, Kell embarks on a mission to recruit his rival. Only to find himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom.

THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL
As the mission reaches boiling point, rumours of a terrorist attack suggest a massacre on Britain soil is imminent. Kell is faced with an impossible choice. Loyalty to MI6 – or to his own conscience?

Reviews

Charles Cumming ... leads the current pack of British spy writers ... a convincing and gripping spy thriller with a clever, twisty plot, believable characters and an abundance of credible spy lore.”
- Jeff Popple, The Sydney Morning Herald
"Very quietly, Thomas Kell has become one of the most interesting and well-drawn spies in contemporary literature - a man who now deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as George Smiley, and who is every bit as discreet ... Delicately written, with Cumming's customary subtle humour, it confirms him as le Carre's heir.”
- The Daily Mail
A clever, believable spy thriller by a man dubbed the heir to John le Carré”
- The Sun
A gripping psychological clash of wills, tactics and morals … Kell’s third appearance confirms him as one of the most interesting and sympathetic characters in the spy thriller field”
- The Times
Wonderful stuff – Charles Cumming is the one true heir to John Le Carré and Ian Fleming. A Divided Spy is an intelligent, high-octane thriller that is as contemporary as tomorrow’s headlines. Nobody documents life in the shadows quite as brilliantly as Charles Cumming – the new spymaster on the block.”
- Tony Parsons, author of The Murder Bag
A Divided Spy is Charles Cumming's best work yet. I read it in two sittings”
- Adam Rutherford
Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.”
- Booklist, starred review
Breathtaking . . . suspenseful . . . Kell brings a note of grace to the treacherous world of the spy novel”
- Washington Post
A magnetic tale of the New Cold War: not since George Smiley trapped Karla have we seen such a delicious recruitment between East and West”
- Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Palace of Treason
Agent Kell is hell-bent on revenge ― but his quest ends up endangering Britain’s national security. Classic spy fiction at its best”
- New York Post, Must Reads