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This review is from: The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder (Hardcover)
The story of (former KGB agent) Litvinenko's poisoning (in London) via a rare radioactive element should be fascinating. Unfortunately, Mr. Cowell has chosen to tell the tale in fits and starts, going from character to character and back and forth in time. It just doesn't flow, which is a shame since this (almost) unique event in spying is intrinsically interesting, had a huge impact on Britain's relations with Russia, caused a panic in London as the radioactivity was traced and caused several spy services to rethink their procedures. In addition, while Mr. Cowell has clearly done his research and provides details on the characters - including the murderer - he doesn't make them come alive so the book seems flat.
I have to say that this non-fiction effort was so poor that it makes me want to go back to really good fictional spies....