The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming
(HarperCollins, 2011)

The Trinity Six

by Charles Cumming

Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made…

Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring – a man who has evaded detection for his entire life.

But when his source suddenly dies, Gaddis is left with just shreds of his investigation, and no idea that he is already in too deep. He is threatened, betrayed, hunted – and alone. To get his life back, he must scour a continent still laced with lies to find the truth behind the Trinity Six.

Both Moscow and MI6 will use everything in their power to keep their fragile peace intact. But why murder people to hide secrets that should by now be history? Gaddis starts to understand – far too late – that he is closing in on a discovery that will shake Europe to its foundations…

Reviews

Cumming's knowledge of the spy business, his well-crafted prose, and his intensely engaging plot make this a breakthrough novel. ”
- Publishers Weekly
Such is Cumming's persuasiveness, we find ourselves believing that the revelations detailed in The Trinity Six are the real deal. ”
- Independent
Taut, atmospheric and immersive—an instant classic.”
- Kirkus Review
The Trinity Six is intriguing and serpentine, and will bolster Cumming’s reputation as heir to Le Carre. ”
- The Guardian
Scene after scene crackles with excitement, tension and suspense... the book is all but impossible to put aside.”
- The Washington Post
Lively...astute...inventive”
- The New York Times
Utterly absorbing and compelling. A brilliant re-imagining of events surrounding the notorious Cambridge spy-ring”
- William Boyd
Cumming seems to be channelling Ian Fleming in his ability to generate sheer excitement: it grips like Xenia Onatopp’s thighs in GoldenEye.”
- The Daily Telegraph
Exciting, ingenious, elegantly written .”
- the Guardian