A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
(HarperCollins (UK) St Martin's Press (US), 2016)

A Divided Spy

by Charles Cumming

In the third instalment of Charles Cumming’s critically acclaimed series about disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, Kell has severed all ties to MI6 chief Amelia Levene, but is presented with an opportunity to exact revenge against his nemesis - Alexander Minasian, the Russian SVR officer whom he blames for the murder of his girlfriend.

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