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- ISBN: 1613162731
- ISBN: 9781613162736
- Publisher: [S.l.] : MYSTERIOUS PR, 2022.
A secret agent comes of age--and reckons with the legacy of his first mission--in this thriller by <em>New York Times</em>-bestseller Charles Cumming, "the best of the new generation of British spy writers" (<em>The Observer</em>).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 December #1
*Starred Review* Barely 50 pages into the first volume of what could become the next great espionage series, we know this about Lachlan Kite: he's a top guy with the supersecret Box 88âa black-ops unit so far under the radar that neither the CIA nor MI6 is certain it exists; he's in London, taking the morning off to attend the funeral of his childhood bestie, Xavier Bonnard, who killed himself in Paris; and, as he leaves the funeral, he's kidnapped by an Iranian terrorist. We learn more, of course, but slowly and excruciatingly, as Cumming smoothly segues between Kite's captivity and his backstory, revealing that the Iranian's motives reach back to Kite's first assignment for Box 88. A recent boarding-school graduate, Kite was vacationing in France with Xavier when he was recruited by one of his professors as a kind of intern spy. What happened during that summer-idyll-turned-tragedy has been haunting Kite for 30 years, and now, as his captors threaten violence against his pregnant wife if he doesn't talk, Kite must finally confront the past and the betrayal at its core. It's no easy trick to write a compelling thriller when your hero is strapped to a chair for most of the book, but Cumming does just that, threading coming-of-age themes into a complex espionage plot (evoking Olen Steinhauer's Tourist series) that suggests there will be much more to discover within the recesses of Box 88. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.