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A Colder War: A Novel (Thomas Kell) by [Cumming, Charles]
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*Starred Review* Over several novels, Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today’s old-school espionage novelists. His latest, a follow-up to A Foreign Country (2012), finds disgraced agent Tom Kell still out in the cold after being scapegoated in the wake of a torture scandal. That changes quickly when his former colleague, Amanda Levene, now head of MI6, drafts Kell to find out whether the airplane crash that killed her lover, Paul Wallinger, head of station in Turkey, was an accident or the work of a suspected mole. Or moles—Wallinger himself may have been a traitor driven to suicide. We’re in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy territory here, of course, but there are also hints of later le Carré, as Kell falls in love with Rachel Wallinger, Paul’s daughter, and quickly finds himself in that treacherous demilitarized zone between the personal and the political. Cumming is a master at describing the details of spy tradecraft, from electronic wizardry to tailing a suspect on the street, and one of the great pleasures of this novel is watching Kell and his team do their work. But is the price of doing that work—and living the clandestine life it requires—too high? Are ideals as deadly as bombs? Those are the fundamental questions of the spy novel, and Cumming asks them with great eloquence, revealing a contemporary twist or two in the way his characters frame their uncertain answers, but coming round in the end to the abiding melancholy that still shrouds all but the most heartless of spies. Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition. --Bill Ott

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“Narrator Jot Davies is an excellent reader. The audiobook presents Cumming's world and his characters with a tension and authority that does justice to the print edition.” ―The Strand Magazine

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  • File Size: 1401 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY019SG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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